We have come to that time of the year again when we as a nation remember where we are coming from. It is now two years since South Sudan broke away from the greater Sudan in July 2011.
[Juba, South Sudan, TCT] South Sudan’s Media Authority on Friday suspended the operations of UN-aided Radio Miraya after citing failure of the radio to acquire vital operation licenses. Elijah Alier Kuai, managing director of the media authority, told journalists in Juba that the decision was made after two - weeks notice for registration deadline elapsed.
In less than a week, after the government of South Sudan government threatened to kill journalists who are reporting 'against' their country, a reporter formerly working for The New Nation and The Corporate Newspapers was found dead, reportedly killed by unknown gunman in Juba yesterday at 8: O’clock p.m. local time.
Police officials have not disclosed circumstances, which led to the death of Peter Moi, but witnesses who saw the body at the scene alleged that the journalist was short while he was on his way home in Korok area.
Julius Jilong, the father to the decease and his family were met with shocking news of the sudden death of their son. “He was a courageous and hardworking son,” said the father.
Moi before he died was preparing to conduct his wedding in December this year according to Solomon Jok, a close friend. Central Equatoria government was also processing appointment of the late Moi to assume a position of Communication and Information Officer for the state education department.
Journalists and media practitioners condemned the killing of Moi describing it as an acceptable action and calling on authorities concerned to apprehend any criminal behind the killing. South Sudan Union of Journalists, international and local media bodies including The Corporate Newspaper to which the decease worked for condemned the incident.
The death of Moi raised the number of journalists killed in South Sudan to six this year. Reports of international media agencies including Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists rank South Sudan as a difficult country with limited freedom of press for journalists to work in.
The Union of Journalists in the country has announced three days mourning for the media houses in the country lay down their pens, cameras, recorders and notebooks for three days as a sign of protest for injustices committed against journalists.
[Juba, South Sudan, TCT, By: Francis Mading] The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has received a €10 million (US$10.9 million) from Germany to support life-saving humanitarian and recovery activities to the current response of widespread flooding in South Sudan. The contribution, which will be used to provide food and nutrition assistance to tens of thousands of people including malnourished children, pregnant and nursing women comes at a critical time for South Sudan.