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S. Sudan should allow UN-backed radio operate, says CPJ


March 10, 2018 (NAIROBI) - South Sudanese authorities should allow the United Nations-backed station Radio Miraya to continue broadcasting, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Friday.

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South Sudan’s media regulatory body ordered Radio Miraya to suspend operations because the station had allegedly not acquired a broadcasting license, which, it said, is a mandatory requirement.

"South Sudanese authorities must ensure Radio Miraya is permitted to operate unhindered," said CPJ’s deputy executive director, Robert Mahoney.

"Journalists in South Sudan are too often faced with bureaucratic red tape or other tactics of government intimidation, which are incompatible with efforts to create conditions for sustaining peace,” he added.

In late October 2017, South Sudan’s media regulator also suspended the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS), but the suspension was only lifted after it applied for its operating license, CPJ said.

Over the years, CPJ said it has documented persistent government efforts to restrict journalists’ ability to operate freely in South Sudan.

Reporters without Borders ranked South Sudan 145th out of 180 in its 2017 World Press Freedom Index.


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  • 11 March 09:41, by Eastern

    The former SPLA goons now masquerading as government in the Juba regime better up their game. Here is another classic example of signing an agreement and reneging on the same...Please let regime lawyers help them interpret the SOFA, the Status of Force Agreement the regime signed with UNMISS.

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    • 11 March 10:08, by Kush Natives

      The law of the land wouldn’t allowed you to operate without a legal procedures, abide by the South Sudan laws or quit confusing us here. South Sudan is not a home for U.N. Geneva is. You can’t even spit on the streets in the Western countries, you can simply be jail and charged for that, leave alone having a radio station that supports Isis.

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      • 11 March 10:43, by Eastern

        Ya Kus,

        Is it the reason the so-called ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs is STUFFED with more than 90% dinka schooled in Islamic Laws posing around in South Sudan as MOULANAS...? Do they know the meaning of Moulana?

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        • 11 March 12:55, by Kush Natives

          Yes, we know the meaning of mulana, because we know Arabic language better than you, Arabic Juba don’t have such thing rather than calling someone, "ya Jake" accept defeat sir, you have nowhere to be seen.

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  • 11 March 11:05, by pabaak

    "Should allowed the Radio to operate" CpJ, come on without obtaining the license and without compliance with rules and regulations of law of state? This is how these so called international organization behaves, supporting lawlessness in States instead of otherwise. Its that your intention then it should stay off air for ever.

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    • 11 March 11:15, by pabaak

      Some times I get really wonder when I read kind issues concerning the in country, how they perceive government and the people of this country, are they perceive us as people still living in stone age or what?

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      • 11 March 11:27, by pabaak

        I mean show some realistic senses here, otherwise people of the country are already have enough of you and your mandate here is none other than destabilizing and creating lawlessness in the country. And shouldn’t be entertained anymore.

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        • 11 March 12:00, by pabaak

          By the way who are UN, its a country for itself or a group of countries, if it’s a group of countries than one can wonder how these countries can be governed without applying rules of law, and if the UN is country by itself then establish their own country with its borders known so that people should see success of this country that not governed by law

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          • 11 March 12:10, by Kush Natives

            I will only respect the U.N. in Geneva, rather than all these bunch of rebels elements somewhere in South Sudan who brands their helmets as U.N.

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  • 11 March 16:56, by Lenin Bull

    No UN radio in UN mission in the Sudan, no UN radio in the Congo DR, No UN radio in Kosovo/Former Yauguslavia. What is happening in South Sudan with UN mission here is bullying the young country and sowing more tribal hatred so that rebellion and tribal killing will never stop. Listen again to Miraya broadcast tapes of December 2013. Go ahead Molana Michael Makuei and close this fucking station.

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  • 11 March 17:00, by Lenin Bull

    The government of Ethiopia tightly controls radio stations and internet and mobile networks there and Ethiopians have not died. To the contrary the only Mobile network, one radio station in Ethiopia make Ethiopian love and protect their motherland better. The same thing in Sudan, Eritrea, and all over the world. We can’t be forced to move with transparent underwear so that we prove ourselves to

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    • 12 March 08:51, by jubaone

      Lenin Fool,
      As your code name suggest, you are better off with communism and fit into totalitarian systems. As a jienge you don’t need any democratic values or free thinkers in your society. You have to be guarded and herded like cows that are controlled, given direction and subsequently slaughtered at will. Jienges are like short-legged Beijing ducks (Chinese communists) who must be controlled.

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  • 11 March 17:05, by Lenin Bull

    to these foreigners that there is human rights and we fake free. If one loves his/her country one should defend it vigorously and Hon.Michael Makuei is right 100%. No government in the world jokes the survival interests of its country except that government is composed of thick heads. I love Americans when it comes to their homeland America.

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  • 11 March 19:32, by Sunday Junup

    I told you that it will not reach Monday! now you can open your miraya and get normal programs. It is operational by now! Go and hung yourself if you don’t want UN in this country

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