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South Sudan expels foreign journalist over coverage


October 31, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s media body has revoked the press accreditation of a Canadian journalist working for the Associated Press (AP) following a recent story she wrote.

Associated Press reporter Sam Mednick (WMC photo)

AP’s Sam Mednick was reportedly forced to leave the country after South Sudan authorities withdrew her accreditation for six months.

The publication, however, expressed support towards their journalist.

“We are proud of the work that Sam has done to inform the world about the challenges faced by South Sudan,” said Anna Johnson, AP News Director for Europe/Africa on the publication’s website.

“We hope that authorities will reconsider their action in order to allow her to return and continue this important journalism,” she added.

Authorities reportedly accused Mednick, one of the few foreign journalists working in South Sudan, of working against their interests.

South Sudanese officials, for instance, protested against a story Mednick wrote for the AP earlier this month, which said tensions were rising in the capital ahead of the formation of a unity government.

The Canadian journalist, who has reported from South Sudan for nearly three years, also wrote about the problem of child soldiers, the plight of hundreds of thousands of people displaced by the war and the conviction of soldiers accused of raping foreign aid workers.

Since South Sudan’s independence in 2011, dozens of reporters have been subject to intimidation, arrest, censorship and violence. The advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said at least 10 were killed from 2014 through 2017 during a bitter civil war that ended last year.


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  • 1 November 2019 07:58, by Pakuai

    ’Don’t just expel these vermin, kill them’. ’They are our real enemies’. These are lowly educated trashes and are always brought to our country and over our people to come ’to show their *evil white Americans, English people, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their evil juus (so-called israelis), their UN, their gulf Arab states’ financiers, their Abeshas (so-called ethiopans)>>>

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    • 1 November 2019 08:05, by Pakuai

      and some of their Bantuses like here central Kenya. Fools. War is here. We cannot live side by side with these vermin, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. Fools, we are going to ocuppy Kenya, kill all the ’evil juus (so-called israelis), white people of English evils, white Americans, Indians, Bantuses out of Central Kenya of ’Kakuma, Lodwar, Nanyuki, Laikipia, Nakuru, Nairobi, Narok, Elgon’>>>

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      • 1 November 2019 08:12, by Pakuai

        Eldoret, Kilimanjaro and South Africa. Reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. Lowly informed South Sudanese fools. In 1960th, Kenya was used by the ’evil white Americans, English people, Italians and their evil juus (so-called israelis)’ to ’play chess game/football played’ the people of ’Somalia’. Mr. Daniel Arap Moi helped played that dirty game over the people of Somalia>>>>

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        • 1 November 2019 08:18, by Pakuai

          and that was why there was then ’shifta militia movement’ in ’North Eastern Kenya of region of Garissa and Dadab’. In 1991, the evil white Americans, English people, Italians and their evil juus (so-called israelis)’want to ’geopolitical chess game/football played’ the people of ’Somalia’ just like they did in 1960th>>>

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          • 1 November 2019 08:27, by Pakuai

            and that was why there was the "black hawk downs" in 1994. A loser, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta and his lowly educated Kenyan goons thought they *can be used here in the region’ as some kind power to be ’considered’ by serious countries like South Sudan and the South Sudanese people or even their ’Somalians they often play game with all the times’.>>>

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            • 1 November 2019 08:37, by Pakuai

              Who sayS we consider Kenyans anyone? We are going to bomb the criminals to near ’oblivion/extinction’, reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM. ’Eastleigh’ is to Nairobi as ’Nairobi is New York’. Eastleigh is an 8 kilometres way from downtown Nairobi. When I was ’Geography studying, at ’Nakuru high school’ my Geography teacher taught me>>>

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              • 1 November 2019 08:49, by Pakuai

                ’Eastleigh’s suburb of Nairobi was ’mapped’ like New York. "from street No1, street No2, street No3, street No4 et al" Fellows. I am a civil Engineer. I went and study civil Engineering in Canada, Germany and Australia. And I am here in South Sudan. We respect other people, but we are going to bomb your Kenya, the mighty US, the UK, their evil juus (so-called israelis), their UN, their sleazy>>>

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                • 1 November 2019 08:56, by Pakuai

                  NGOs, their evil juus (so-called israelis), Abeshas (so-called ethiopians),our cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, some of your Bantuses; Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Nepalese, Sri Lankans (we are not going to bomb the people of Tamil Tigers), they took arms in ’1983 with our mighty SPLM/A’, the Tamil Tigers ’lost the war, we (our mighty SPLM/A) won the war.>>>>

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                  • 1 November 2019 09:04, by Pakuai

                    The owners have taken back their country. All the Indians here in South Sudan were brought into our country not peacekeeping, but to *resettled* here in our country just *there are Indians’ in *Kenya, Malawi, some parts of Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Botswana, South Africa, Angola or Namibia>>>

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                    • 1 November 2019 09:59, by Pakuai

                      that cannot happen under the sun or even in million years* Idda Amin Dadda, went and fought ’Korean war as a mercenary’ on behave of the ’devil infested island of England’ lowly informed South Sudanese fools. The Dinkas/Munoyjiengs of the Sudan have taken back their country fools.>>>>

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