This article was last updated on May 25, 2022
The Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Atem Yaak Atem who opened the dialogue officially called on journalists to write with responsibility.
“There is a limit of what should be released and what should not be released,” the minister said.
The minister also called on journalists to publish correct information and that they should balance between informing the public and making the government accountable.
He further noted the need to give training to journalists and that security and the media need to dialogue whenever issues arise.
“I appeal to all of you to accept one another because both of you are working for our interest,” he said.
Atem also announced that the government printing press will soon kick-off printing.
Meanwhile Alfred Taban who represented the Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) said that South Sudanese need both security and freedom to speak out freely through the press and within the law.
“We expect the security to do their job of keeping us all secured with the law, while we in the media do our job of informing, educating and entertaining the public a diverse media,” he said.
He added that scandalous behaviors deserve to be reported and seen as “corrective reports” and not treated as “threat to national security.”
Taban called on the two bodies to be partners in crime prevention and nation building.
Colonel James Mande, the Spokesperson of the police said the dialogue is to create harmony between the media and the security sector.
He said that the relationship between the media and the security has not been very good and that there is need to find modalities of how to tackle issues that may arise between the two.
The media and the security in South Sudan have not been enjoying good relationships with journalists getting harassed in some instances.