This article was last updated on May 27, 2022
The Editor-in-Chief of the Juba Monitor Alfred Taban becomes the association’s new chairman, succeeding the Director/Editor of Gurtong Trust – Peace and Media Jacob Jiel Akol who has stepped down voluntarily after more than ten years at the helm.
Taban will serve the organisation for a period of two years and will be deputised by the chairlady of the Association of Women’s Media in South Sudan (AMWISS) Veronica Lucy Gordon.
Other new members of the executive will be the new secretary Nhial Bol Aken who is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Citizen English Daily Newspaper while the deputy secretary is Koang Pal Chang, the Director of Eye Radio.
Juba Post Newspaper’s Charles Rehan Surur is the new treasurer with the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) chairman Oliver Modi becoming the new deputy treasurer.
While congratulating Taban on his new position, Modi said Taban’s long experience in the media will immensely benefit the development of the media industry in South Sudan.
“Our main responsibility will be to ensure that we professionalise the media and ensure media laws are fully implemented in South Sudan”, he said.
The Association of Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) was founded in 2003 to help strengthen the media and provide a framework in South Sudan to ensure freedom of speech, the right to information and other human rights. AMDISS collaborates with local and international partners, runs a media centre in South Sudan and undertakes active information work.
AMDISS is a media member- based organisation with its membership comprising many of the country’s leading editors and journalists.