South Sudan: Journalists threatened with detention and prosecution

| May 11, 2015

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South Sudan’s Information Minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, says journalists who report on stories that the government considers “false” or contrary to national security will be arrested and prosecuted.

He stated that security agents have the legal right to arrest journalists he called “unprofessional.” He also warned media houses not to speak to officials from opposition factions, and said that opposition messages were misleading the public. Mr. Lueth said, “Up to now we have not taken any journalist to the court, but we will do so.”

Alfred Taban is the Editor-in-Chief of the daily Juba Monitor newspaper. He says that security agents already caution editors every day on what stories they can and cannot publish. He adds, “The conditions for reporters and media owners [are] changing from bad to worse every day.”

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Photo: South Sudan’s information minister, Michael Makuei Lueth, speaks to reporters in Jonglei state capital Bor on 25 December 2014. Credit: Sudan Tribune