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Any material related to this project is the sole responsibility of the Union of Journalists of South Sudan and Media Diversity Institute and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union.

UJOSS Secretary General comments on project

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Street children cry out for help

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The 12 April 2011 was the international day of the street child but, in much of South Sudan, soon to be the world’s newest state, it has passed without notice or acknowledgement, save for a local charity in Yei which organized an event to highlight the social and economic magnitude of the problem.

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Another perspective

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A granny's view on the new State of South Sudan

"We have known nothing but injustice since we were born"

MDI's work in South Sudan
Killing the Messenger: attacks on press freedom in South Sudan PDF Print

manwithsouthsudanflagBy Paul Jimbo, MDI South Sudan Country Coordinator

Despite the general feeling that all is well in South Sudan with regards to press freedom, the truth is, that the media in the world’s youngest nation is under attack. A closer scrutiny of the media situation in the country paints a grim and gloomy picture of press freedom.

World Press Freedom Day provides opportunity for debate in South Sudan PDF Print

MDI-GOSS MOIPublished: 13 May 2011

Region: South Sudan & Worldwide

By Paul Jimbo

The 3rd May is the date set aside annually to celebrate World Press Freedom Day. This date was established by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and to remind governments of their duty to respect and uphold the right to freedom of expression enshrined under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This year, deep in the African continent, in the fledgling state of Southern Sudan; journalists, media practitioners, government officials, and representatives from international organizations and civil society, gathered in a small hotel room to join the rest of the world in marking this important occassion. The event was organized with the support of Norwegian People’s Aid and the Media Diversity Institute.

UJOSS Secretary General, Michael Koma, comments on the People’s Voice Project PDF Print

Mike MDI-UJOSS imageThe Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) was founded by a group of twenty South Sudanese Journalists in 2004 and was officially registered in Juba, the capital of South Sudan, in 2006.

Before its partnership with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI), UJOSS had run a number of media training projects funded by some charities such as Norwegian People’s Aid. However, the growth and development of UJOSS up until late 2010 was slow due to lack of consistent funding.

This changed when, in August 2010, the Media Diversity Institute helped UJOSS to implement its first major project, the People’s Voice newspaper supplement, funded by the European Commission (EC). And also, when, in November 2010, UJOSS held its first General Assembly with the support of Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA).

Five UJOSS journalists to be trained in Japan PDF Print

SouthSudanNasaPublished: 8 April 2011

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has confirmed that during May 2011 five journalists from the Union of Journalists of Southern Sudan (UJOSS) will attend a two week media training course in Japan. 

UJOSS representative met with South Sudan Minister of Information PDF Print

UJOSS LogoPublished: 7 April 2011

Country: South Sudan

On April 6 2011, members of the Executive of the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS), headed by Chairperson Oliver Modi, met the Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS),  Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin, in the Ministry of Information office. 

EC donation to MDI’s partner – UJOSS PDF Print

sudanmapminiPublished: 15 February 2011

Region: South Sudan

MDI’s partner on the People’s Voice project, the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS), received a generous donation of office and IT equipment from the EU Referendum Observation mission in Juba, South Sudan. 

Debate on media’s role in good governance in a post-referendum South Sudan PDF Print

Posted: 29 November 2010

Region: Juba, South Sudan

The Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) in cooperation with the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) organised a roundtable debate entitled ‘Will my voice be heard in the new South Sudan? - The Role of Leaders and the Media in post-referendum South Sudan’, on 26 November 2010, in Juba, South Sudan.

South Sudanese journalists trained to give a voice to the voiceless PDF Print

Posted: 3 December 2010/Region: Juba, South Sudan

Sixteen journalists from across South Sudan received training at a workshop organised by the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) and its local partner, the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS), in Juba, South Sudan, between 24 November and 3 December 2010. The ten day Inclusive Journalism training course was lead by Sorious Samura, acclaimed British-Sierra Leonean documentary film maker, and Albino Okeny Olak, an experienced South Sudanese editor and communications specialist for the World Bank.