South Sudan’s Only Private TV Closes Down

Its closure is expected to be on at least for a month when security is expected to improve. The station’s Deputy Editor in Chief, Victor Kerry exclusively revealed to Gurtong that “situation in Juba” cannot allow “efficient production,” adding their staffs have been working under “fear.”

A statement released by CTV’s Chief Editor Nhial Bol and published on the Monday Citizen newspaper further explained that; “one reason for the decision we have been operating at risk due to general situation in Juba.”

Though the CTV management has not pointed fingers at any person, the editor said:  “The station closes at 10:00pm and when we transport staff home, we were confronted by road searches and twice our car was fired at near Jebel Market.”

“We cannot afford to risk night shifts staff,” Nhial said.  “We tried to lobby for exemption but such efforts never yielded fruits. The management resolved to shut CTV down because we have reached a point that night shifts invited risks to the lives of our employees. 

“The other decision is that we have also stopped the distribution of The Citizen news paper in some areas because we were using motorbikes and according to new traffic measures, such operations carry a risk.

“One of our distributors Isaac Amba was seriously hurt last Wednesday when the police beat him with stick while leaving the National Parliament building after delivering papers. He was admitted in Juba Teaching Hospital and is still in bed recovering.”

This is not the first time the CTV and Citizen Newspaper productions have shut down its operations due to insecurity.

In December 2013, Kerry exclusively revealed that, the company had to close productions of Newspaper for four days as security officers instructed them to put off their generator, claiming it was making noise.

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