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South Sudan authorities arrest The Citizen editor


October 11, 2008 (JUBA) – The Editor of the daily newspaper The Citizen said he was detained by southern Sudanese authorities for publishing an article critical of high salaries practices in GoSS legal affairs.

Nhial Bol who is arrested since yesterday said by telephone from jail that he is accused of defamation and false information. However, he contests the case saying they have to act against the Citizen not against him personally."

"This should be a civil case, but I have been told I will be held for three days without bail," he said. "In Khartoum there is dictatorship and in Juba corruption is spreading like wildfire," he further said.

Nhial Bol said he was certain f the accuracy of the story and if they want to challenge it the best place should be the tribunal not prison.

The Citizen had been for two months banned by the Sudanese authorities. Despite the fact that press freedom was considered as major achievement of the north – south peace deal in 2005 it remains a very relative matter and depends on political circumstances.

Although, it has since been allowed to continue printing in the Sudanese capital.

The National Press Council, spoke about administrative measures to explain the ban, but Bol said at the time, that security services told him to relieve a Darfuri from his editing position but he had refused. The journalist was considered as hostile to President Al-Bashir.

Minister of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development in the Government of Southern Sudan, Michael Makuei, on August 22 said that the salaries, in his ministry, are in line with the budget.

However, GoSS, in a cabinet meeting passed a resolution to calling for quick harmonization of irregular salary structures in the different government institutions on August 29.


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  • 12 October 2008 04:37, by HONEY


    what is the point of having newspapers and editors if they are not allowed to publish the truth? it is not a surprise that GOSS officials are being overpaid everybody nows that. why is the government arresting editor Nhial Bol to waste three precious days in prison? what is wrong with south sudan? first teenagers were arrested and beaten for wearing tight jeans and now an editor is given three days in prison instead of studio to edit more truth.

    wake up GoSS officials, your daily practices of ugly politics is embarrassing south sudan in the face of the world.

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  • 12 October 2008 05:32, by Outsider

    Southsudan authorites are respected and should always be respected.Despit the fact that they are some how brutal and lacking some skills to enforce law and order between the people.
    We all know that most,if not all of Goss are corrupted people.They think that they deserve more than any one.South sudan is for it’s people not for SPLA or GOSS.
    I hope people like "Bol" to keep fighting and not give up because his part is more harder and effective more than what SPLA did in it’s 21 years of struggle.
    I don’t mean to undermind the movement.But my point is civillization and development will coast more than the 3 millions people we have lost.
    I think GOSS should try harder to correct it’s image so they can have a good outcome on the coming elections.

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    • 12 October 2008 07:20, by Mathiang

      This is a triffling move by Goss official for using power to deverted fundamental issues going on in GOSS. Southerns took arms against Khartoum so that they can exercise freedom of their expression, speech, religion etc. Goss should embrass media because it is fundamental right to bring transparency and accountability to the government of the people. This is really a bad image for Goss for arresting this young journlist. He should be releast immediately. How would someone challenge a dictator if (s)he is also a dictator.

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      • 12 October 2008 07:29, by Axan

        I wonder! where is mr. president, in his quiet moves, as he did with the case of the half naked kids arrested by the police last week?
        Or does he condone the arrests of news workers when they are telling the truth?

        sham on Goss....and its hyenas

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        • 12 October 2008 08:31, by Thon Raan

          Dear Mr. Editor,

          I think your arrestment was not known by the presidency I guess. Maybe it was the Security personnel who arrested you.

          You’re right by saying that it is the citizens who were arrested not you as a Editor. That’s a kind of you. I hope and believe that you will be release as soon as possible.

          Thon Raan. a Southern Sudanese Signal and colud rarely be found. I am your signal wherever you work, wherever you stay, and wherever you go.

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  • 12 October 2008 15:28, by Daniel Kalaka

    Shame to south sudan authorities for their useless and misleading practising of leadership against it’s citizen and co-workers in the South.

    Just week ago Albet Pitia has been sack from his position as commissioner of juba county by presidental degree from GoSS due to vailotion of mispracting the the law unfairly against young youth for what so they define it as mis behavaious act of Nigger .However, what about those issue degree to arrest Nhail....X and what act Mr president is take against them ?,Is it not the the same act or not? Carmorde Kiir is going Sack them or not ?

    Nontheless ,if the answer is yes defently ,but if the answer is No then President is maniputing things which is not according with CPA content line and CPA gives freedom to everybody freedom of speech ,freedom of human right,freedom etc.......Y .Nevertheless ,what was the work of ant corruption commissioner concern such mess so far.......Z or this body was form only consume things like the way it’s happen, if not we action

    Nhail Bol you are not by mistake there to tell true about south sudan citizen and that is what always happening to jounalist non above the Law but the time will work quickly to sort such mess.

    call me Carmorde Kalaka man of vision predicti

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    • 12 October 2008 17:24, by Maruon Ayiei

      It is obvious for those who are in power in southern Sudan to go wild. This are the mentality driven in 1980s after the formation of the movement to curve the fall of the SPLM/SPLA. Now after the 2005 CPA, those sickeness behavior have to come to an end. There are no rule that people followed even though they are enacted. It is wrong for President to be mum when the press are being sinistered by employees of the Government. The imprisonment of Nhial Bol for exposing corruption in legal department is insane. It is a say in Dinka, "caught the thief and watch out". That kind of practice need to halt. The employees of the government need to know who they are working for. President Kiir need to alleviate himself from overwhelming leadership for chairing every dotted in southern Sudan. There are two conflicting form of government in southern Sudan, 1. the millitary form mentality of 80s-90s and 2. democratic form mentality of 2005. It is hard to muddle through with those form of mentality contradicting each other. President Kiir has the big responsibility of using good judgment in hiring the governmnet employees. Stop being like NCP in depressing your own citizen and let the clown in the government of Souther Sudan be expose. Release the editor of citizen newspaper.

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