South Sudan’s Media Practitioners Condemn Confiscation Of Newspapers

The Media in South Sudan. [File]

The papers were confiscated over the weekend at Juba International Airport. There were no clear reasons for the confiscation of Juba Monitor.

Alfred Taban, the Editor in Chief said they suspected the arrest was because of a story that ran on the press conference held by Dr. Riek Machar and other senior cadres of the SPLM.

Wol Mathok Diing of the Al Musir newspaper said the security officials told him that the detention of his papers was because it “reported on the press conference” of Riek and the company.

The Juba Monitor’s copies were released after four hours while copies of Al Musir were released after six hours. 

Both media owners said they incurred substantial losses since the papers went late to the market and clients could not buy them.

Wol said his papers distributed to the other States could not reach that day because flights taking them had left already.

Representatives of media houses in the journalists’ meeting today condemned the act and called for compensation.

Other media houses also received threats ahead of covering Riek’s press conference and publication.

Eye radio, the Citizens news paper and television said they received phone calls advising them not to cover the conference while The Juba Monitor was also urged to be careful while covering the conference.

The activities of security operatives lately according to concerned people are aimed at censoring the press in the country.

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