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South Sudanese media body decries lack of press freedom


November 24, 2019 (JUBA) - The Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) has decried the rise in cases of intimidation, illegal arrests and detention of journalists in the country.

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Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) chairman Oliver Modi (L) attends a meeting on the killing of South Sudanese journalist Peter Moi in Juba on August 21, 2015 . (AFP/Samir Bol Photo)

The chairperson of UJOSS, Oliver Modi said the union has, in the last three months, recorded more than 10 cases of press freedom violations in various parts of Africa’s newest nation.

“The Union of journalists in South Sudan has registered more than 10 incidents, which include one case in Tambura, one in Aweil state, one case in Eastern Lakes state, one case in Western Lakes state, six cases in Juba and one case in Yei River State,” he said in a statement Sudan Tribune obtained.

Oliver said due to the violations against media practitioners, many journalists are afraid to operate from South Sudan.

“These issues have made journalists scared to report the truth and this came at a time where journalists are to be set free to report what is happening in the country more especially on the revitalized peace agreement and also the formation of the government and we need journalists to be free to tell the truth in South Sudan,” he noted.

The UJOSS official appealed to the national government to ensure that journalists are protected so that the role of the media is realized in promoting peace and development.

“Journalists are not politicians and criminals, journalists are in the front line of development in any country. My call to the government more especially the legislature, judiciary and executive needs to understand that the role of the media has been factored in the transitional constitution but there are people taking the laws of South Sudan into their hands and as a union of journalists,” said Modi.

“We will not allow these mistakes to continue in 2020,” he added.

Last month, South Sudan’s media body revoked the press accreditation of a Canadian journalist working for the Associated Press (AP) over a story she wrote.

Since South Sudan’s independence in 2011, dozens of reporters have been subjected to intimidation, arrest, censorship and violence.

The advocacy group, Reporters Without Borders, said at least 10 have been killed since the outbreak of a civil war in December 2013.


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  • 25 November 2019 06:42, by Pakuai

    It is not because the authorities in South Sudan hate the freedom of press, but there are amateur journalists who just like to write craps and propaganda without first fact-check what is that they are writing on. There is no absolute press freedom anywhere in the world anyway. And that is why the well trained journalists and editors used their own judgements to to determine what is to report>>>

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    • 25 November 2019 06:51, by Pakuai

      as news or editorials otherwise, their newspapers could be sued out of businesses. But here in Africa, some lowly educated criminals from the US or Europe who could not find decent jobs in their own countries are given a few perks by the agents like the CIA, MI6 and so on, to gang up with desperate African journalists and then propagate lies after lies. In an Africa country or indeed any country>>

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      • 25 November 2019 07:02, by Pakuai

        around the European and American corporate vultures to feast upon. For some keen South Sudanese who are really journalists, almost most of the news from the western world, especially the English speaking countries is all stage managed news or fake news. And I think the corporate mass media in the West brainwashed their citizenry to be ignorant about what is being done behind the scenes by big>>>

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        • 25 November 2019 07:09, by Pakuai

          corporations and how their big corporations own almost all their politicians they elect into their governments. In the US, almost the politicians in both houses are own big corporations and multinationals, and the laws which are enacted by the US politicians and laws which are in the interests of the corporations and multinationals who paid the bills for their candidates to be elected into>>>

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          • 25 November 2019 07:16, by Pakuai

            both houses of ’congress and the senator’. The elections in the US are just a show. Same to many of other Western countries, the game had been badly rigged against their masses. But their citizens are sleeping and would later wake up when it too late. Most politicians in the countries like the US go to politics and get out of politics when they are millionaires or billionaires>>>

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            • 25 November 2019 07:23, by Pakuai

              Corruption in many of the western world is ’slickly legalized’ and that is why there is what is called in the US "campaign donations or contributions" Those contributors or donors in the campaigns for their candidates would want something in return---quid pro quo in other words. But here in Africa, especially here in South Sudan our corruption was very crude,>>>

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              • 25 November 2019 07:30, by Pakuai

                But at least we know how to make a lot of noises about corruption and the evil beneath it. After all, in our Nilotic plains and valleys, we are the most egalitarian and democratic people on this planet earth. Greed is highly frown upon. And I think we have learnt our lesson. South Sudanese should just take what is best from the West and leave what is wrong from the west alone. Mr. Riek Machar>>>

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                • 25 November 2019 07:39, by Pakuai

                  and Lam Akol so-called western education had badly destroyed our country’s and our people’s social fabric. And it will take a long long time for what the criminals and their western and secret societies have caused our people and country to heal. Anyway, I am not a journalist, but sitting on the fence while some rubbish is spewed onto South Sudan and the South Sudanese people 24/7 by some>>>

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                  • 25 November 2019 07:49, by Pakuai

                    criminals from the US, Europe and other countries wasn’t always go unchallenged. Sudan Tribune, in fact one of the greatest, propagator of fake news. It is edited in France by some criminals with their own sinister project about South Sudan and the South Sudanese people. South Sudanese must be very extra vigilant, the current mess in our country was created by some evils most our lowly informed>>>

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                    • 25 November 2019 07:53, by Pakuai

                      South Sudanese often called our allies or uncles. The US, the UK, their evil juus (so-called israel) and our cloned so-called of North Sudan have never been our allies or our uncles, but our really existential enemies. They even want to be our new masters through their cheap intrigues of so-called ’humanitarian aid, donations, peacekeeping or human rights’>>>

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                      • 25 November 2019 07:59, by Pakuai

                        buy using their puppets/stooges, traitors and thieves like Mr. Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Pagan Amuom, Thomas Cirillo and other bunch to crawl themselves into our country and onto our people again. Some of our lowly informed South Sudanese fellows, your evils in the US, the UK, their evil juus and some of their creepy allies in between consider our country own over sea’s territory and our people>>>

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                        • 25 November 2019 08:06, by Pakuai

                          their subjects or slaves. The US, the UK, their evil juus and some of their creepy allies in between consider our people to be like *their Bantus they bullied in Southern Africa, DR Congo, Central Africa republic (C.A.R) or West Africans who love white people* Fellows, have you ever heard a South Sudanese going to Libya and cross the Mediterranean sea to Libya or Spain or Malta? Absolutely not>>

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                          • 25 November 2019 08:23, by Pakuai

                            The Bantuses from West Africa like to run to Europe and when they go and be bullied by the Europeans, then they would be the first to ’cry babies about racism and mistreatment’ by the Europeans when they know, they when to other countries uninvited, the same to the so-called israel and gulf Arab states. The so-called israel even often deported the West Africans, Darfuris, Eritreans, Abeshas>>>

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                            • 25 November 2019 08:43, by Pakuai

                              (so-called ethiopians) and give them to $3000, and deport them to Rwanda and are told to come to South Sudan. And that South Sudan is the evil juus (so-called israel) "terra Nillus", a country with no people, really??. Lowly informed South Sudanese, your US, the UK, their evil juus (so-called israelis), their cloned so-called so-called arabs of North Sudan, Abesha (so-called ethiopians),>>>>

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                              • 25 November 2019 08:50, by Pakuai

                                their Bantuses and some of their creeps in between consider our people to be on par with their *indigenous Americans, Canadian, Latinos or their South African Bantuses who gave their land to the Dutch, English and their Asians and Indian slaves. Lowly informed South Sudanese fools, let any creep in South Sudan brings any evil white American, evil English people, their cloned so-called arabs>>>

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                                • 25 November 2019 08:55, by Pakuai

                                  of North Sudan, Abeshas (so-called ethiopians), Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Nepalese, Sri Lankans and so-called ANGLO-AMERICA subjects/slaves into our country in the name of the so-called ’UN NEW WORLD ORDER, GOVERNMENT WITHOUT BORDERS or their so-called AFRICA UNITY and REGIONAL INTEGRATION’ peace of bullshit being propagated by some evil like ’Paul Kagame, Thabo Mbeki, Uhuru Kenyatta,>>>

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                                  • 25 November 2019 09:29, by Pakuai

                                    Raila Odinga, Abiye Ahmed, Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Thomas Cirillo, Pagan Amuom, Ban ki Moon, Barack Hussein Obama, Susan Rice and bunch of other evils who covet our country and our people and our country. Grow the damn up idiots, no one want white evils, Arabs and some of their creeps in our country and over our people. Never ever again., reasons, pure HATRED and RACISM.>>>

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    • 27 November 2019 07:32, by Fathi


      Do you have twitter? I might be following you on there lol. I see a lot of South Sudanese saying the same exact things about this one journalist named Jason Patinkin.

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  • 25 November 2019 11:19, by Eastern Region

    In S.Sudan a lawless country whereby journalists have no right to freedom of expression. mon-government led by one system.

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    • 27 November 2019 07:29, by Fathi

      Sounds a lot like my home country Sudan (north).

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