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S. Sudan newspaper editor banned from leaving country


July 18, 2019 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese newspaper editor was on Wednesday prevented from leaving the country after authorities claimed that he had published an article that was critical of the government.

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Michael Christopher of Al-Watan newspaper (ST photo)

Michael Christopher, the chief editor of the Arabic Al Watan, newspaper was forcibly removed by security officers from a Kenyan bound plane and his passport confiscated.

The journalist was headed to attend a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.

In March, the Arabic newspaper was suspended by the National Communications Authority (NCA) for operating without a license.

South Sudan government’s failure to pass legislation protecting the media has increased concerns about the state of press freedom.

In recent years, increasing reports of harassment faced by journalists in South Sudan have raised concern that Juba is reneging on the basic freedoms its authorities promised the population when the country seceded from Sudan in 2011.


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  • 19 July 2019 07:58, by Midit Mitot

    Confiscations of the civilians passport will not end the civil war. Any country has free movement, movement rights is there.

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    • 20 July 2019 05:33, by Kush Natives

      Midit Mitot,
      The thing is that, those journalist run their mouth so much, then when things turned apart, then they try to exit the country. What’s that means?

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      • 20 July 2019 07:03, by Khent


        A journalist is required to "run their mouth"; in fact, I would go so far as to say that this is a central task (an obligation) in journalism. LOL! How do you define "run of the mouth"? What metric do you use to determine if a journalist has "run their mouth"? What specific law does running your mouth breach? What government agency should monitor this terrible crime?

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      • 20 July 2019 08:16, by Anthony

        Kush natives.

        Jesus that’s one of the worst excuses I’ve ever heard.

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  • 21 July 2019 04:09, by garrak1520

    The truth has to be said. You oppress your people.

    As for allies of Taban Deng against creation of more states:
    you couldn’t feed your first states ( 2011 states), let’s call them first children, so why make more. Stop this BS and fulfill south Sudan needs, which are peace, unity, and fight corruption. Yearly forgiveness? can’t lead let others take the baton.

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    • 21 July 2019 10:51, by Anthony


      The only thing i disagree with you on is the number of states. Murles and nuers shouldn’t be in the same state, they fight too much. Dinka shouldn’t be in the same states as well. The rest are ok as they were before.

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      • 21 July 2019 11:04, by Anthony


        I mean Dinka and nuer shouldn’t inhabit the same states as well.

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        • 22 July 2019 15:21, by Midit Mitot


          Kach (Lueth) Dinka Bor and Lou Nuer have no problem this side, except BGZL and Benui Nuer who are always the case of this senseless war.

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  • 11 November 2019 12:12, by Antonio

    The South Sudanese journalist pointed out that he was due to seek medical treatment in the Kenyan capital.” I was on my way to Nairobi together with my wife. When the airplane was about to take off, the officers came and asked me to come down,” said Michael https://www.walgreenslistens.us/

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