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South Sudan security shuts independent newspaper, arrests editor


July 16, 2016 (JUBA) Security Authorities in South Sudan have on Saturday issued a directive shutting down an independent English newspaper, hours before arresting its founding editor.

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Alfred Taban (Time-UA Photo)

Alfred Taban, the Editor in Chief of the Juba Monitor, was arrested after having received several telephone calls from security service to report their headquarters in Jebel.

"I am now on the way to them. They called the associate editor and also my number but I could not hear because I had placed the telephone on silence, when I was in the prayer services in the church. They called Ann Nimiriano and they told her they were looking for her and me," Taban told Sudan Tribune when reached to know why the security services were looking for him.

The Associate Editor ,Ann Nimiriano Nunu, confirmed in a separate interview when reached on Saturday on the same matter that she received several calls from the security looking for Alfred and herself.

"I went with him (Alfred) to the headquarters of the security because they asked us to go, so we went. they called several times when Alfred was in the church", Nunu told Sudan Tribune on Saturday .

"He was arrested in my presence", she added.

Nunu said security services were reacting to Taban’s call for resignation of President Salva Kiir and the First Vice President, Riek Machar in his "Let Us Speak Out" column, published on Friday’s edition about the situation in the country.

Alfred, said he, is convinced that Kiir and Machar would never work together in uniting the country.

"They have ordered the closure of the paper", she added.

"So we are not coming out tomorrow and we don’t know when they will allow us to operate again," she said.


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  • 17 July 2016 08:44, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Alfred Taban Lo-Gune has been the eye and ear of the down-trodden South Sudanese for decades right whwn he was in Khartoum hitherto. He deserves to be free because of his truthful information through the media. This is yet another blow to freedom of press.

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  • 17 July 2016 08:54, by Thyinka

    Why should Taban be arrested for telling the truth? Kiir and Machar are failed leaders. The earlier they go, the better for South Sudanese. South Sudanese are tired of these useless power struggles.

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    • 17 July 2016 09:26, by Eastern


      There’s no power struggle; Dr Machar came to Juba from Pagak to implement the ARCISS which Kiir was reluctant to sign and not willing to implement with Dr Machar. So Kiir staged that nasty incident at J1 to forestall any chances of implementing the agreement. Don’t be like any foreigner without knowledge on what’s happening in the country!!!!

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  • 17 July 2016 09:54, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Surely Riek came to Juba a reformed man. He is genuinely for peace. But he has met resistance by JCE who want to dominate political landscape in South Sudan. He went to all churches in Juba appealing for peace. However he was responded with murder of his senior officers in his security service, arrest of his followers. Who now is against peace? His program is appealing to the country!!

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    • 17 July 2016 10:10, by Akook

      After many years of brutal treatments by NIF over telling truth, it is SHAME, BIG SHAME that veteran Alfred Taban would still later be subjected to the same treatment in Independent South Sudan.
      I truly believe now that colonization or brutal dictatorship has no colors.

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  • 17 July 2016 13:43, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Many thanks to NISS, this JUBA MINITOR, is dramatizing the situation of South Sudan.

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    • 17 July 2016 14:04, by Eastern


      With many NSS operatives having been put out in the streets of Juba; what followed is the situation that’s prevented Kiir to join his fellow despots in Kigali, Rwanda. You and likeminded think the NSS operatives, a copy-and-paste from Bashir’s Sudan will be the panacea to ending the critism of Dinkocracy in South Sudan. Alfred Taban will be freed and I & likeminded will continue to......

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    • 17 July 2016 14:07, by Eastern

      .....cont. I and my likeminded will continue to remind Kiir and cohorts to dish Dinkocracy and follow the rule of law!!!

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      • 17 July 2016 17:23, by Hardlinner

        Eastern, you are too onesided to come up with any concrete solution. Both Nuer and dinka are part of south sudan. Any thing that would take them off field of battle craziness would be welcome by civilized south sudanese like myself and many more. Both Kiir and Riek are fucked in their minds. To me their leadership come first before nation and people. They shld be shown way out.

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    • 17 July 2016 17:15, by Hardlinner

      Makuach u may be son of Kiir or relative but you can’t deny the facts. Elfred Taban is right in this case. As a nationalist n dinka person, I believe any thing that would relief us from constant violent is worth investing on. I can not accept to have riek as president n Nuer have every right to feel the same with respect to kiir. The two men can not indeed work together under their savage armies.

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  • 17 July 2016 17:31, by Hardlinner

    Alfred taban, pls consider one thing, we are in country run by those insensive to people opinion. Even members of dinka are risk of being arrested if they mensioned any thing that goes against the president. Kiir was honest person during war struggle. Even honest than than late Dr john. But since he as let primitives and stoogies around him, he as simply joined Riek camp. The monster of all.

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    • 17 July 2016 18:59, by Eastern


      Sorry. I have seen your writing but haven’t understood a thing out of it! I am a big green here!

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  • 17 July 2016 19:15, by Thyinka

    Apportioning blame is not gonna work in this South Sudan nor is blind support of Machar. I know you want Dinkas out of power but it is not gonna solved anything. If you think Machar is better than Kiir then you have been sleeping. The guy has a record of brutality and no development for the time that he was vice president.

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  • 17 July 2016 19:19, by Thyinka

    Blind support of these failed leaders is what is killing South Sudanese. I agree with what Taban did. Calling for the resignation of both Kiir and Machar. Some Dinkas and Some Nuers are suffering and they have nothing to do with Kiir’s power or Machar’s quest for power.

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  • 18 July 2016 10:48, by Angelo Achuil

    I think all our brothers and sisters working for security services need trained on the law governing this country (the Constitution) to know the rights of the people written there. Freedom is speech is one of them. What is more wrong - the two leaders causing death of thousands of citizens or a mere request of Alfred asking them to quit leadership and go home??? You want people dead without asking

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  • 18 July 2016 22:21, by Jojo

    Our government did not like the truth. And our Security Agents or personnel are acting negative in order to preserve their uniform which is for the purpose of stealing during the night and later being claimed by the government, the unknown gun men. May God send His Sword to eliminate those who are planing against the innocent citizens of South Sudan.

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