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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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August 2011 Articles
Killing the Messenger: attacks on press freedom in South Sudan PDF Print

GoSS Minister for Internal Affairs Gen Gier Chuang Aluong, he has cautioned security personnel against harassment of journalistsBy Paul Jimbo

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.

South Sudanese journalists resort to self-censorship for survival PDF Print

By Paullina PoniSouth Sudanese journalists at work

Journalists in South Sudan have resorted to self-censorship as a survival tactic to defy the odds arrayed against them in the troubled media industry. They have to think twice before covering issues such as those touching on matters of corruption, tribal conflict, politics and even security. In most cases journalists do not write openly on these topics because they think by doing so they may risk arrest or even lose their jobs, due to cases where whole media houses have been targeted and threatened with dire consequences.

GoSS Minister of Information’s views on Press Freedom in South Sudan PDF Print

Dr Barnabas Benjamin MarialBy Paul Jimbo

Before the independence of South Sudan, the then Sudan was synonymous with grabbing local and international news headlines with its ever increasing cases of harassment and intimidation of the media. However, the separation of the two nations has introduced a new dimension to the topical issue of press freedom. Inspired by both the local and international goodwill it currently enjoys following its independence, the government of the new Republic of South Sudan has reaffirmed its commitment to promotion of a free and independent press.

Windhoek Anniversary timely as South Sudan struggles with press freedom PDF Print

WPFDBy Oliver Modi

The 3rd May is the date set aside annually to celebrate World Press Freedom Day (WPFD). 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.

UJOSS press freedom observatory report on the state of press freedom across South Sudan PDF Print

Oliver Modi, UJOSS ChairpersonBy UJOSS

Amongst the challenges facing the fledgling state of South Sudan is the dire need to promote and establish the fundamental democratic principle of press freedom. In order to assist in this process, the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) has set up a Press Freedom Observatory (PFO) to regularly monitor the situation regarding press freedom in all ten states of South Sudan. What follows is the first report from the PFO.

UNESCO provides training on post conflict sensitive reporting PDF Print

Participants of the UNESCO seminarThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is committed to media development and press freedom in South Sudan. In line with this commitment, UNESCO’s Cairo office organized an intensive four-day training workshop for journalists on the topic of conflict-sensitive reporting, in February 2011 in Juba. The aim of the workshop was to equip media practitioners with specific skills and techniques regarded as essential in analyzing conflict and post-conflict related issues in the South Sudan. A total of eighteen journalists, coming from all the ten states of South Sudan attended the course.

Press Freedom: Views from stakeholders PDF Print

Hon. Joy Kwaje, Head of the Committee of Information, South Sudan Legislative Assembly: “As a committee, we are committed to ensuring that the Media Bill is passed. All of us are in agreement that the Bill should be fast-tracked because it will address the issues bedeviling the media sector.”

Editorial: Awaiting concrete action by GOSS on press freedom PDF Print

By Michael Koma, UJOSS Secretary General

On May 3rd this year, the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) marked World Press Freedom Day in a small hotel room in Juba. May 3rd was proclaimed by the United Nations as a day of celebrating and evaluating the fundamental principles of press freedom around the world, as well as defending the media from attacks on their independence and paying tribute to journalists who have lost their lives while trying to do their jobs.