South Sudan

Press under attack as conflict continues

In South Sudan, gunmen kill five journalists in an ambush on an official convoy in January. Press freedom has deteriorated since the country gained independence in 2011, with journalists telling CPJ during a September visit they fear covering sensitive subjects such as rebel activity. Government officials warn against interviewing rebels and demand the media show loyalty in coverage; security agents harass the press, raid media outlets, and confiscate print runs; and journalists face arbitrary detentions as the country struggles with civil war.
Members of the public visit a South Sudanese newspaper. (CPJ)

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Shooting of freelance reporter increases fear for South Sudan's press

Nhial Bol reads reports about the killing of freelancer Peter Julius Moi. Many journalists in South Sudan say they are being more cautious since Moi's death. (AFP/Samir Bol)

Freelance journalist Peter Julius Moi used to ride a motorbike without wearing a helmet, despite warnings from one of his colleagues to be more careful. Moi would just shrug off those concerns, saying that as a South Sudanese journalist "risk was simply part of life." Last month, the reporter was shot dead as he walked home from work.

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CPJ condemns killing of South Sudanese journalist

Peter Julius Moi, a reporter for The Corporate and New Nation, was shot dead in Juba. (Radio Tamazuj)

Nairobi, August 20, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing of Peter Julius Moi, a reporter for business weekly The Corporate and independent bi-monthly New Nation, who was shot in South Sudan's capital, Juba, Wednesday, according to reports.

August 20, 2015 6:14 PM ET


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South Sudanese President Salva Kiir threatens to kill journalists

Nairobi, August 17, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns statements made by South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Sunday in which he threatened to kill journalists for reporting "against the country." Kiir made the statement at the airport in the capital, Juba, before flying to Addis Ababa to attend peace talks with former Vice President Riek Machar.

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South Sudanese authorities silence three media outlets

Nhial Bol, the editor-in-chief of The Citizen, stands in front of the daily's offices. The newspaper has been ordered to stop printing until further notice. (CPJ)

Nairobi, August 5, 2015--Authorities in South Sudan have shut down three independent media outlets in the past five days, according to news reports and the outlets' editors. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the closures, which come as international mediators seek to arrive at a peace deal between the government and the armed opposition following months of civil war.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced since the civil war started in December 2013, pitting forces loyal to President Salva Kiir against those supporting former vice-president Riek Machar, news reports said. The South Sudanese government has come under pressure by the international community to sign a peace deal brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, an eight-country trade bloc in Africa, later this month. Local journalists told CPJ authorities are cracking down on the media as pressure mounts on the government to commit to a peace deal.

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South Sudan daily Nation Mirror ordered to stop publishing

Nairobi, February 10, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the ban on independent newspaper Nation Mirror, which was ordered to stop publishing by National Security Service agents in South Sudan's capital Juba, and calls on authorities to immediately reverse the order.

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Five journalists killed when gunmen ambush convoy in South Sudan

Nairobi, January 27, 2015--Five journalists were killed on Sunday when unidentified gunmen ambushed an official convoy in South Sudan's Western Bahr al Ghazal state, according to local journalists and news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the attack and calls on authorities to apprehend the perpetrators and hold them to account.

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Mission Journal: As South Sudan conflict continues press still suffers

Members of the public visit the office of The Patriot. The paper's former chief editor says critical journalists risk being labeled rebel supporters. (CPJ)

On December 15 last year, fighting that broke out between supporters of South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar--who had been vice president until Kiir fired the entire Cabinet--escalated into a civil war that has increased pressure on an already fragile independent press.

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Radio Miraya journalist held for two weeks without charge in South Sudan

Radio Miraya reporter George Livio has been held by security forces in South Sudan since August 22. (Miraya FM)

Nairobi, September 9, 2014--Authorities in South Sudan must present journalist George Livio to a court or release him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The reporter for Radio Miraya, a U.N.-backed station, has been held without charge by security forces for more than two weeks, according to local journalists and news reports.

September 9, 2014 2:31 PM ET


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South Sudan closes radio station, arrests editor

The entrance to Bakhita Radio, a station that has been shut down. (CPJ)

Nairobi, August 18, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns South Sudanese authorities' shutdown of the popular Catholic-run Bakhita Radio station in Juba, the capital, on Saturday and the ongoing detention of the station's news editor. Security agents raided the outlet in the morning and arrested four staff members, according to the station's managing director and news reports.

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Freelance journalist in hiding over reports on South Sudan

Nairobi, August 6, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities in South Sudan to ensure the safety of a freelance journalist who has been in hiding since late July. Abraham Agoth told CPJ that he fled his home in the northern state of Bahr el Ghazal on July 28, fearing arrest.

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