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Juba: Freedom of Expression should prevail

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PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION ASKING FOR OUR COLLEAGUE NGOR GARANG TO BE RELEASED AND PASS THE LINK ON TO YOUR FRIENDS AND CONTACTS.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/release_ngor_garang/


Community Empowerment for Progress Organization

CEPO

Juba: Freedom of Expression should prevail

7th November 2011

Community Empowerment for Progress Organization-CEPO is a South Sudan civil society organization registered by the Ministry of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development in Republic of South Sudan. CEPO is engaged in the areas of conflict mitigation, peace, human rights, and rule of law, governance, democratic transformation and livelihood.

CEPO is calling the government of South Sudan to release Sudan tribune journalist Ngor Garang, who was arrested on Wednesday after the article he edited and published in Juba was considered unethical by the international security services.
CEPO urging south Sudan authorities’ good reputation which was done by the former members of interior calling upon all security organs to collaborate with the media houses rather than confrontation.

Recently our Minister of interior and minister of information and broadcasting demanded the journalists to report responsibly to the citizens, CEPO belief that such move is positive, whatever crime a media house personnel has committed, CEPO hope the action to be taken against the media house should be lawful than being arbitrary arrest and detention. It is an International norm in the sense of rule of law that nobody is above the law. But any suspect against crime is free till proved guilty by law of competent court and any arrest of a crime suspect must be under legal procedures or done lawfully. This standards are enshrine in our transitional constitution of South Sudan bill of rights article number 24 sub/section 1 under the freedom of expression and media.

The destiny newspaper’s first ever edition carried an opinion piece for which as editor in chief of the newspaper, Ngor was summoned to meet South Sudan’s security services on Tuesday and was later detained. It is not known where Ngor is being held or what charges, if any, have been made against him but it is suspected he is being held at a prison in Jebel Market area.

Here CEPO raising a concern that the arrest of Ngor is not in accordance with the transitional constitution bill of rights article number 19 on fair trial.

Therefore, CEPO is urging the leadership in the government of South Sudan to release Ngor Garang and if he has committed a crime let him face the competent court of law. Further we are urging the authorities of South Sudan Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Justice as per our letters to them to kindly act for the release of Ngor Garang.

Contact details:

Email: ceposudan@yahoo.co.uk

Email: ceposouthsudan@gmail.com

Address: Central Equatoria State Women Union Building Hai. Nieem-Juba, South Sudan


PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION ASKING FOR OUR COLLEAGUE NGOR GARANG TO BE RELEASED AND PASS THE LINK ON TO YOUR FRIENDS AND CONTACTS.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/release_ngor_garang/


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  • 8 November 2011 21:20, by Elijah B. Elkan

    Dear CEPO,

    I sincerely, support your efforts of the release of Mr. Ngor Garang. The media must understand that there are consequences when you delivered an attacks personally or blatant attack on an individuals. Mr. Ngor has no business writing about personal matters unless it as notional security implications. I Wish Mr. Ngor well.

    Elijah

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