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By Ngor Arol Garang

January 1, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Paul Mayom Akech, South Sudan Minister of information and broadcasting service, yesterday Wednesday 31, in his Juba office, told representatives of the media, that his government has observed that some heads of different media operating in regional capital are politicking media.

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"They are being driven by a political agenda to try and frustrate Government’s intention of introducing a media bill," the minister said.

He said the government has observed and realized "some irresponsible individuals" have entered media to use them as their agents to advance their interests.

"The trend has changed and professional media should not allow politicians and other organizations to use them to fight Government over the proposed bill," he adds.

He said it is unprofessional for media to allow or dedicate editorial columns against government over the proposed media when the bill has not yet been enacted.

On Monday, media representatives visited Minister Paul Mayom in his office with intention to access possibilities of how quick the bill could be passed before general elections, but the minister turned down the meeting alleging that he was attending international telephone conference.

He also did not inform media when he would call them for the meeting, prompting most media to write hot and bone touching comments in editorial pages which in turned prompted the minister to call for five men meeting in which he is reported as saying it is unfortunate that the media are attacking the government over draft bill while government is already committed to pursuing alternatives for passage.

He wondered what the media attack against government would achieve when the draft bill has not been circulated to stakeholders for advice.

"Which media bills are the media bodies talking about because the one which Government has is in draft form (and), hence not law," he posed.

"They are just wasting their time because instead of concentrating on and showing determination to come up with their own draft bill, they are trying to buy time by attacking government," he said.

He went on to say that the Government has given media enough time to come up with a self-regulation bill but doubted whether they were able to do so.

"I’m sure people who sponsored the media to come up with their own bill must be very disappointed because they have diverted from the real issues."

He said had given the media the leeway to have their own bill but already there is an indication they have failed.

However, Akot John, freelance journalist and member of Media Liaison Committee who had more than thrice failed to agree with Minister Paul Mayom, posed that where in the world are media allowed to operate without legal act to refer to lest their journalists are accused by government officials.

"We opposed any form of regulation of the media by statute and we have submitted this view to Government through a well-thought paper on the matter recently. We share this view with partners in the Media Liaison Committee,” he said.

He stressed the association would continue to seek dialogue with Government over issues affecting the media.

Similarly, Surur Alison also commented that the year 2009 has been challenging year to the media because of the acrimony in the political arena.

"Those that have had a less desired outcome have blamed the media for their misfortune while those that have made it pretty well have not dared to apportion part of their success on the media," he said.

He warned of legal action against political players fond of harassing journalists, pointing out that media are conscious of the fact that 2010 and 2011 will be active political years but violence against journalists will not be entertained.

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  • 2 January 2010 03:00, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    "unprofessional for media to allow or dedicate editorial columns against government over the proposed media when the bill has not yet been enacted" I don’t either agree with Mr Paul, because media alone is another tool for fighting aganist the government whenever there is an error. Expression on the media alert people about the undercover side of the government. It is not a surprisie since everyone has rights to express their opinion. This is yours but i will not agree with you in either way.

    New Year Message

    Time for tribalism has gone, 2010 is not a time to generalise tribe or community instead of one person. It is time to focus on the real issue far from tribal criticism, political party criticism, leaders criticism, and very far from abuses or insults. The Government should also make possible innovation in order to removed the unwanted culture and bad reputation within its image. We should debate far from abuses of any single commenter on ST forum, to myself I want to be a man of tolerance, peace, responsbility, respect, love, unity and courage. It is time to get serious and work for the betterment of my nation South Sudan (New name). For now lets start new year with fresh mind and positive ideas that will improvement the managment of South Sudan, childish comments must be ignored without reply. This is my new year message to ST viewers, contributors, pseuds, readers and editor. Happy new year, all the best for life at mama suksuk hotels, Juba city, South Sudan.

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    • 2 January 2010 08:37, by Sala Gai

      DUE TO THE HAPPY YEAR I WISE ALL THE POLITICAL AND LEADER WHO ARE IN POWER TO IMPLEMENT GOOD GOVERNANCE WITH NO MORE TRIBLISM IN NEW COMING, NEW BORN.

      FROM TOP TO THE BUTTOIR OF THE GOVERNMENT AT THE BELOW POINTS.

      Thank to all of you and our President Kiir Mayadit.I have therefore decided to speak to you about some of the challenges that we face and the opportunities that we have and what we can do about them.

      I. The dominant political philosophy over the last 20 years And by way of background on how we can meet the challenges, and seize the opportunities, I will first say a few words about governance and our political system. The Lagu fell in 1972 in Adis Aba Aba. Since then, discussions on politics have largely assumed as axiomatic, that the ideal political system is the Liberal Democracy as practised in the Sudan, particularly the South. Every country and political system is usually compared against that as the ideal and is graded accordingly. Most discussions in the media, and the academia, proceed on this basis.

      II. Difference between Governance and the nature of the political system

      In this intellectual environment, there has not been a lot of focus on the relationship between two different but connected ideas: (1) Governance; and (2) A political system that is capable of delivering governance.

      Good governance would mean the delivery of benefits to the people: (1) Rule of Law (2) Maximum opportunities (3) Housing (4) Economic well being (5) Healthcare (6) Safety and security (7) A civilised environment which allows the individual to be free. And so on.

      A political system is the means to deliver good governance. Often, in the past, there was not enough public understanding even now of the fact that the two concepts are different. One was merged into the other, and there was an unstated presumption that if you had the formwork of democracy, then you will get good governance.

      Much discussion which passes for political comment usually started and ended with a critique of the political system, without an adequate analysis of the need for governance. But the two concepts are different. We see increasing acknowledgement internationally, that the difference between two concepts should be understood. I have made the point elsewhere. This week, the Dr John Garang Times carried an interesting interview, with a political analyst in the time entry to Sudan Government by the agreement, who made the same point.

      iii. Political System If we agree that good governance is the goal of the Southern not you by wish of Dr John Garang, then we need to ask: can we automatically assume that the political system as developed say in the South, will also deliver good governance to all other societies?

      To answer the question, I would quote Abel Alier. He said: “The political system has to be tailored as closely to the country as a coat to a man”. Before I go on, let me make one point clear: I am not entering into the “Eastern versus Northern values” debate; nor am I making the point that Eastern societies do not value human rights.

      My point is more basic: Political systems are essentially systems for delivery of governance. And while some values are universal, nevertheless a political system will work best in a society if it is designed to fit that specific society.

      If we accept that political systems have to be tailored to suit the needs of each country, then the debate must really be on how the political system should be structured for a specific country, rather than whether the system approximates the US or UK or any other model.

      V. Southern Now let me turn to Southern. I am not going to repeat points I have made elsewhere on Southern’s exceptionalism. In essence, in my view, there is a clear difference between how interventionist and activist our Government has to be, and how the Government and the people have to act together, compared with larger and more secure countries, which can take a more laissez faire approach.

      Our size, geography and strategic situation have imposed limits on us. There are more natural resources nor any strategic space or large pool of manpower. We survive on our wits.

      To succeed we need to:

      (1) get investments into South (2) encourage local entrepreneurship (3) become a sophisticated service centre; and (4) ensure safety, security and stability.

      To achieve this: (1) We need a Government that formulates policies for the long term with the main party SPLM; (2) A talented population which can deliver world class performance; and (3) Collective effort between the Government and the people to implement the policies that have been formulated. This formulation, with its emphasis on activist Government is somewhat different from the classic laissez faire approach. I don’t think that the laissez faire approach will deliver the most optimal results for us. What does this model mean in philosophical terms? One strand of liberal theory would suggest the State can intervene to protect society from an individual. But, it should not intervene to require the individual to act in his own good or for the benefit of society. That could work if there is no real need for Government to act to ensure the survival or the economic success of the State. But would that theory hold, in a small city state which has to react quickly to externalities and which may need to mobilise the population for such action? Many other countries are not as finely balanced as us – few are as small and dependent on maximizing the opportunities in the external environment as we are. Kenya,Uganda is not a real comparison on our interest – it has a dependable hinterland. China will look after Norther Sudan due to our oil flied. With this background, on the essential need for good governance for us, I will outline a couple of external challenges.

      VI. Challenges We have several challenges. I will only mention a couple of challenges, both external. Security The first challenge I will mention is security. If you look at the map of Southern Sudan, you will see several countries which have had political instability in recent years now. Such political instability allows militancy to take root and flourish. There are also insurgencies in a number of countries. These insurgencies are long running and are based on ethnic or religious differences. These insurgencies may attract more militants to their cause. There is a risk that the militant cause could spread wider, causing even greater regional instability. They may also serve as breeding grounds for terrorists. There have also been reports of extremist groups using religious schools as a means of recruiting potential militants in some of these countries. That provides them with captive recruits.

      These threats cannot be taken lightly. So if you look at the map of Northern Sudan, the situation is not pretty. In fact it is a troubling picture. The potential for the situation to get worse and for that to spread exists, if the underlying issues that have led to the insurgencies and militancy are not tackled effectively. We do not have to be alarmist. But we must work on the basis that we could be a high profile target. And in any event we will be affected in one way or another by what happens in the region.

      Our responses cannot only be kinetic. We have to also build real bonds of trust within our society, across racial and religious lines, so that our community responds cohesively in the face of such threats. A laissez faire approach will not work, as some Western countries are finding out.

      Ministry Home Affairs Luka BIONG, Mr. Gier Chueng and the other Ministries put in a lot of effort into this and work with our people: an example of what I had earlier referred to as the need for the Government and the people to work cohesively together. We have, for example, a variety of continuous Community Engagement Programmes, to inter alia, build inter ethnic confidence.

      We have other projects as well as Legal project which are not fitting the communities need, these are the Ministry of Home Affairs. Many countries come and look at how we are doing this – and realize that what we do is worth learning from. There are also countries in the region where questions of ethnicity and religion have been raised with increasing intensity in political discourse. Our own ethnic and religious mix somewhat mirrors that of other countries in this region. Thus we have to therefore prepare our population actively, to try and ensure that there is no automatic reaction here, along ethnic or religious lines in response to events in the region. We have been doing that. Thus we have to be constantly alert because while the region is making progress, it still has serious governance issues.

      And we need to ensure that our own Governance is of the highest quality – to deal with the challenges. As a financial and services centre, servicing, inter alia, this region, we will feel the impact of events in the region. I will now deal with a second external challenge. Big Power Relationships and Interests in this region This region is of interest to major powers, including the US and China, Egypt, Arab countries. They are likely to chart a path of peaceful co-existence Unity. But at the same time, we can’t have to recognize that both countries, as well as other powers, we have interests in which may always be coincidental. The , Egypt Pacific Fleet navigates through the waters in South. The Northern has substantial economic interests in , Egypt. China’s economic and diplomatic interests are also growing rapidly. History shows that big powers will seek to influence smaller countries. And where big powers compete, their desire to influence smaller countries could sometimes be quite strong. All of this is natural. China also has claims in the Paracels and the Spratleys. Other regional countries make competing claims. Countries in this region and the regional entities (like South) have to deal with all these issues. South has to be aware of the way these issues evolve and are dealt with. And South has to be very clear about the direction it wants to take, in its own sovereign interests, in a dynamic, fast changing environment. That will require nimbleness and long range thinking. On that note, I will now turn to the opportunities.

      VII. Opportunities I have spoken about a couple of external challenges. But on balance, the opportunities in our external environment far outweigh the challenges that we face. If you combine the populations of China and South Sudan, you get nearly 2 billion people. A substantial number of this 2 billion people are hardworking, smart and want to make a better life for themselves. Thus this vast area will progress. And China will progress rapidly. That can have very positive economic consequences. Thus I am optimist about South – strongly so. We are in an unique position to be part of the progress of East and South East as well as the dynamic progress of India. We have a real opportunity to be a leading, dynamic city, servicing a region of tremendous wealth, albeit that wealth might be unevenly spread. We will not be the only city doing that, but we can be among the leading group. And we have some unique advantages that many others do not have. But to get there, we must be able to tap into these opportunities. That goes back to good Governance and cohesive society: with a clear idea of our interests, our abilities, what the opportunities are, and how we can be part of the regional growth. I will also emphasize another point, which I see as being important to our continued success – our openness to talent inflow. We have succeeded so far because we have been liberal on talent inflow. To continue to succeed, we need to continue with that policy. Businesses invest in Singapore because they know that they will be able to bring in the talent they need. The financial services sector employs several thousands of Singaporeans. It also employs many foreigners. If we told the banks that they cannot bring in foreign employees than we put the jobs of Singaporeans at risk as well. Let me illustrate with a concrete example. This week I met a BOSS of a major blue chip foreign bank. That bank employs nearly 600 people in South. Many are in high paying jobs. 100 of them are foreigners on Employment Pass.

      The other 5,000 or so are Southern or PRs. He told me that the great advantage Southern had, (for them), compared with almost any other place they operated in, was the ease with which they could bring in employees from all over the world. He told me, with some pride and satisfaction, that there are 40 different nationalities amongst his 100 foreign employees in the South Government. He considered it quite remarkable – they can bring in talent from all over the world, and these people contribute to our economy. As a result, they were confident about expanding in Singapore even during the crisis. He also expressed some concern, as to whether our policies on talent inflow will change. The debate in the newspapers about non Southern in South has obviously been noticed. What should our policy be? Should we be restrictive? 5,000 Southern and PRs get employed by the bank.

      If we had been difficult about the 100 foreigners, would not be there 5,000 Southern jobs? The number will be much smaller. In the end protectionism does not help. And the value add to the economy, from the extra business the bank does, in South, is significant as well. It grows our financial sector, thus benefiting many other Singapore businesses. If we are clear minded, we can help our financial sector grow quite well. The same in these few industries. Foreigners occupies us increase the pie – and that gives jobs to Southern.

      This is a war for talent. We have been successful in attracting talent. We must continue on that path and compete for talent. If we are not open to talent, we will quickly lose out internationally. This has become even more important in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Some countries have been forced, either by reason of their financial position, or for political reasons, to come out with policies that do not favour the attraction and retention of talent. This has been particularly so in respect of finance industry professionals. In this environment, we have stayed calm, rational and have kept to our talent and investor friendly policies. Our tax rates are sensible. We are a good, stable place with a stable financial system. If we keep to our policies, we will, in the growing Asian environment, continue to grow strongly as a financial centre , this is what I can I sure you to follow these step. We have to always remind ourselves: We do have resources. and also We want to depend on investments. Many countries compete for investments. Investors will assess where best to invest. If we make it difficult for them to hire foreign workforce, then the investors will go elsewhere. Investors are also rational. Where they can do so, they will employ Southern. We must create the right conditions for investment and must also create the right conditions for employment of South. And we have done so – as shown by the fact that through this recession, many more foreign workers lost their jobs. Singaporean jobs were saved by Government policies (like Job Credit) and the Government working together with the Unions and the Employers. Let me also share a couple of examples from the legal sector

      Within the legal services sector, the top tier of cross-border, transactional work has long been dominated by global firms, primarily of South and Southern origin. The Government had to consider whether to open up our legal sector to foreign law firms. There were serious good arguments as to why foreign firms should not be allowed to practice South law. But on balance the Government assessed that it was beneficial for South to open up, and a decision was made last year to open up. We gave out 6 Qualifying Foreign Law Practice (QFLP) licences last year 1983, to allow foreign firms to practise SPLA/SPLM law. The practice of South law may be have been necessary for the kind of work they are doing. But giving them the licences gave them buy-in within the South legal scene. They have expanded their practices here, creating more opportunities for local talent. Other non-QFLP foreign law firms, seeing our cosmopolitan outlook, have also invested in their South practices. Now there are nearly 1,000 foreign lawyers in South. Many were here before the sector was opened up. We want to be a top international legal hub.

      Opening up increases the opportunities for South lawyers, increases the technical quality of Singapore lawyers. And of course there is a whole series of downstream benefits in having 1,000 highly paid foreign professionals here. Our arbitration sector has also benefited tremendously from a new blue-ribboned Board at the South International Arbitration Centre, comprising ten members from seven different TEN State. That Board was appointed to be in this year. All of them are well-known Nationwide. If Southern wants to be an international arbitration centre, we cannot take a parochial approach.

      VIII. Conclusion Let me conclude by making four points:

      (1) One: we do face significant challenges – we should be alert to them and deal with them effectively. (2) Two: there are even more significant opportunities – we must be smart enough to seize them. (3) Three: we need good governance and a cohesive society to do both.

      My fourth point is this: In pursuit of good governance we have gone about building a system that is in some ways unique to South. That has attracted a fair degree of criticism. When criticisms are made, we should consider them carefully. We should neither assume them to be correct nor be dismissive. And there is no need to adopt a stance where we accept that all judgments passed on us must be correct. We can and should be more confident about what we have achieved. We have achieved success by not blindly following prescriptions. Let me illustrate by reference to one example. Earlier this year Parliament enacted the Public Order Act (POA). There was criticism in some of the international media – how this is a further restriction on political rights and so on.. If we had decided to be Country put detainees in cages like this, what do you think the reaction of the international media would have been? We usually get a lot of stick. Sometimes different standards are applied to our actions. We have to know that, and not expect that criticisms will be free of bias. So let’s take criticisms as par for the course, and do what we believe is right.

      Thank you.

      By Salah Gai De Mbior

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  • 2 January 2010 03:25, by Dinka Boy

    The journalists must be train very well on when and where the information would be expose to the public. The media represent billions of messages which audiences have their own interpretation;therfore, these journalist must attain journalist workshop that should be given by the Ministery of information and broadcasting.

    This journalists must have the guidlines which can help them to act appropriately instead of them not just take pictures and write the opinionated essays instead of facts.

    I think the ministry must have the guidlines that should help journalist to follow the right magnitude in the GOSS. In fact,every information in the media must have time for exposure into the public at the right time.The information must works within the party lines"SPLM".
    The Journalist must be careful not to expose the message that is not ready to the public per SPLM.
    Thanks

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    • 2 January 2010 03:46, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

      Dinkas boy

      I just quote you for mis interpreting the truth.
      "The Journalist must be careful not to expose the message that is not ready to the public per SPLM" you are still bringing your 09 mind into 2010. Isaac Vuni might have quit his journalism due to the attitude of people like yourself. The media has rights to reveal the secret side of the SPLA into the eyes of the public, keeping things in the dark will put us into a black busket of corruption. Every thing will get out of our hands because the media has no gap to access. Please stop denying media from been the powerful tool in South. if we all allow media as tool to every single inch of South this will be a highest priority to achieve the World of free and fair treatment. It will put us into a zero courrption tolerance because every corruptees will fear to be expose on the media. Lets consider media as our only torch to reach the far dark side of the South Sudan management. Leave your leftover foods of 09 to 09, don’t bringing them to 2010.

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      • 2 January 2010 04:11, by Dinka Boy

        Famious_logic_boy,

        Journalists have guidlines that they should followed when reporting information.
        Please, can you check the roles of journalist in various country or continents. The journalist can not work off the code of ethics.That was the reason journalist must not just report any things that they fill like reporting to the public.
        There is nothing call secrete about SPLM, but we want to keep our information within ourselves(South) instead to the Khartoum governmnet. That is the major fear.
        Thanks

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        • 2 January 2010 04:54, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

          Dinkas boy

          The only thing that the media must comply with act accordingly, ie report the truth not to alter into misleading information, but don’t say that the media must not report something that is not ready. There is nothing ie not ready for the media, when it happen it must be reported. Even the government itself has certain orders that he must obey with, a wise government should have a zero tolerance on corruption, tribalism, insecurity, power abusers and all the bad activities. This could be the right areas that will put its image off from media attention. Otherwise its hard for media to stay far from such actitivites which will ruin the image and people of South Sudan future. Do you think its illegall if any media reported that 3 Kenyans were purposely killed by a SPLA soldier? is it a crime to name SPLA to be responsbile for the criminal act? to me SPLA could be responsbile for failure of maintaining discipline within its troops, who are taking over the civilian culture of previous self attacks.

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          • 2 January 2010 05:12, by Dinka Boy

            Famious_boy,

            How do you think when the Journalist report false referendum laws before it endorsement. Is that ok for you.
            Are you happy with rumours that are always circulating in almost in the entire South Sudan. For example, the death of Dr John Garang was reported several times in 1992 and 1993. also, the death of paulino Matip too, the seating of Salva Kiir before 2005, the resigning of Reik Macahr,and many false remours.

            My friend do you want false remuors to be reported before they are filtered to confuse Southeners.
            I know what is bothering you. It is insecurity in the South,but this issues have been reported ever since.
            Please try to know what is behind my comment always.
            Thanks

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            • 2 January 2010 05:51, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

              Dinkas boy

              This is not only about Whoever you have sneak in your comments as a key for justification. Such reports are common Worldwide even in USA, UK and etc. Take a bit of time go and review Newyorktime and you will see that, fake inform was published that some people are planning to carrying assassination against Obama. In UK telegraph lots of false comes on the media about terrorist attacked on the CBD building and other government departments. These are political strategies to ruin the image of people not to be blamed on the media. Politics has many motivational schemes. Those individula are using the media as a bucket for carrying the poison, in which you are not suppose to blame the busket but the person who intend to put and carry it in that bucket.

              Such mis leading inform are also favour by the media because people will pay lot of attention to such tragic. What I suspect from you dinkas boy is that, you lack logic for analysising the information before you come to its conclusion. In report of any make up atrocious both the media and owner of the junk benefits, if we are in association me and you. What do you think we will do when there is a source of profit? media itself is a business my friend. This is why such unwanted things have been existing Worldwide. But to find the truth you need to analysis the facts behind the extraordinary report, and why people are taking such advantage of creating confusion.

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              • 2 January 2010 06:31, by Dinka Boy

                Famoiu_log-b_boy,

                It means that you have known little about politics.
                I think you know zero in the code of ethics.

                I am not sneaking some ideas for justification,but i am giving you false remours expose by media frequently happing in the South. We want to minimize these kind of false info.
                Perhaps one of other Southerners will help you if you fail to understand the truth.
                My friend, i always tell you i don,t lie. I just tell the truth and that is it.

                Now do you mean the journalists will be free to exposed any information?. If you think so then it is wrong because that is aganist the code of ethics.
                The information must be valid and relaible and that is the core roles that SPLM want in his presidency. I write newyork time always because it is always about political news/USA.
                Why are arguing for nothing.
                I stiil did not get your point here!

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              • 2 January 2010 06:36, by Dinka Boy

                famious_boy,

                We SPLM don,t want these fake informations in the South.
                We don,t want this baseless information aganist Southerners and the party itself.
                Thanks

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                • 2 January 2010 07:17, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

                  dinkas boy

                  There is no offense at this point, because you fail to quote this points from my comments "both the media and owner of the junk benefits" " media itself is a business my friend" I thought you just read my comments in hurry, and you miss the logic behind it. I told you before that only media can comply to act accordingly ie not to alter anyone’s view. Therefore even the journalist must reports what he/she heard from GOSS ministers, it has to be exactly to what has been said. This is why I oppose that it cannot be blamed on the media or the journalist. because journalist is there to do their duty, and media is a bucket of confusion ie evil and good. You just confused yourself up, before you talked about opinions and now you are reversing your tongue onto journalist side. Be frankly nothing to be kept secret from media. The above mentional quotes are examples to opinions and media, journalist is excluded. I replyed according to your jumbles.

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                  • 2 January 2010 07:34, by Dinka Boy

                    Famious_logic_boy,

                    may be you don,t listen through your ears.
                    I encourage You to see doctor quickly because your thinking capacity is disable for sure. How come you argue for this clear and precise point.

                    This issue is not about blaming anyone in the South. In fact, Southerners want their Journalists to report the accurate information instead of false info.
                    UNDERSTAND DEAR!

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                    • 2 January 2010 07:53, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

                      dinkas boy

                      You are messing with real topic, you confused yourself and still you want to drag other people to follow you. I find it hard to tell you in fact you are the type of person that understand through body language and use of symbols. You are not a new arrival, I know you since you joined this fora. You keep interpreting water to wine, sugar to salt, powder to flour, oil to petrol, body lotion to ice cream and everything from different image to different name. Keep on your journey of wrong tanslation, unluckily that you will find yourself dancing somewhere in aliennation.

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                      • 2 January 2010 08:12, by Dinka Boy

                        Mr fake Famious_logic_boy,

                        If you think i am translating this article, then present your arguments to the public in another language here because your point is hardly unerstood by the public.

                        You keep murmuring that the media is like abussiness. What do you mean? you means that the journalists who present to the media such as newspspers, Tv, Radious and many others to tell the lies. Wow!.

                        Called someone who spaek your own dialect to help you because someone like you can understand the truth.
                        I gave some examples before that our govt does not want the Jouranalist who presents the false rumours to the media that always confuse the Southerners. What do you want dear if you are not idiot.

                        My friend, please can you take intergrated marketing comminication, public relations courses, Journalism courses, Busness and ethics, World politics to sharpen your thought.

                        Again we dont want Journalists to report false remours in the media.
                        Please if you don,t understand this,then i will called on real Famious-logic-boy to help you.
                        Thanks

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                        • 2 January 2010 09:42, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

                          Dinkas Boy

                          This is 2010 as I told you above, I don’t expect to take everything too personal like I used to do in 09. I am not longer interested in insults, because the language you write aganist some body alone tells what type of person you are. Idiots are those who attack innocent lives, just like what happened to the 3 kenyan man. We call that savage attacker an idiot in fact he has infflicted pain on someone’s life. Once again to dinkas boy, I knew you since you joined me as an expert of Sudantribune forum, all the way you comment and react to people when you are defeat in the arguement are well known. However its your problem and this is up to you my friend. Imagine I am calling your my friend instead of other name, this is 2010 don’t see yourself like you are still living in 09. I even abandon the famous name of your states. I am now calling it jonglei. If you realise that your problem of mis interpreting is natural you can’t fix just accept the truth.

                          Excuse me dinkas boy. Do you really have enough information to argue that media is not a business? My topics are base on facts and reality that can be prove, you better agree with me. "I didn’t say that media is like a business" but I do agree that media is pure a business. If you want to debate with me on media issue, I will give you 2 week to research for yourself some points or whatsoever you need for the arguement. I don’t know where did you come up with the idea that journalists are presenting lies on the media. Where did you get that topic from, which is another big story far from what we have been discussing. You have lots of make up stories just from your mind to confuse with people. My friend you can’t drink wine and water at the same time. Why are you forcing me to correct your make up stories at the some time that I am suppose to correct your jumbles, I know you want to act smart by creating this to that in order to drag someone from main road to forest.

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                        • 2 January 2010 10:05, by Mr. Awan Awan

                          Dear, Dinka Boy and Mr. Famous Big_logic_Boy

                          First of all, I love your argument because both of you started with the positive attitude. Eventhough it was about to end up with little personal atack that is a nature of the human-beings. Some times we run out of energy if we prolong the arguement and that is why we need the mediator to intervene. So, next time if both of you have argument like this one, please try to give a third party small chance to add comments instead. Anyway I think this is how we want this web-site to be look like. We can challenge, criticize, and blame our government and its officials whenever there is mismanagement but without insulting our leaders. We must respect them and give them credit for their well done jobs.

                          To comment in your argument, I think code of ethic is really very important in every business. It is a code of conduct to the businesses. Doctors, engineers, lawyers, judges, journalists, and more must follow their code of ethic in order to maintain their professionalism and provide services to their clients.

                          Also, the Big_Logic message was very bright message of the year of 2010. It may make alot of change to the commenter of ST this year. I believe that tribalism will not lead us to the right direction. So let us quit it now and open new page with new life.

                          Other thing, Mr. Famous Logic needs to address Dinka Boy as Dinka Boy not Dinkas Boy as you stated above in every single comment.

                          Finally, Dinka Boy, you may never see real logic-boy commenting in Sudan tribune. It seems to me like he has gone for good. I don’t see him any more. Thanks

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            • 2 January 2010 06:51, by Peace Lover

              Dinka boy,
              I really respect the truths you mentioned. What is our really problems as southeners, why some of us always beside the enemies of southern Sudan? The enemies of southern Sudan paid those journalist to report false news about S.Sudan for their interest, by confusing southerners not to trast their leaders. Therefore, to keep in people mind that if the GoSS or SPLM/A cannot managed the south while they are sharing power,and what will it be look like when they are independent? Those questions, I heard people always talking about.
              At the end of 2009, referendum and Abyei bills passed. Southern Sudan is almost in the coner, and soon we will celebarate the victory, no matter of any false remuors, we are heading to the promissed land.

              Peace Maker 2010.

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          • 2 January 2010 08:18, by Sala Gai

            All Journalist coming from Khartuom are Arab hibit, so we will not advice PUAL MAYOM mony Agaar so much, due to their activities of Jalaba.

            I hope for all the best, and support our unity of the South not Arab SPLM-DC but SPLM for the right of the South.

            By Salah Gai

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  • 2 January 2010 03:25, by mack waweru

    We have some NCP agents who have penetrated the media profession in the south to continue with their war of proxy against SPLM/GoSS. I urge GoSS must to keep an eye on these black NCP agents whose their job is to poison the situation in the south with the aim of sabotaging and circumvent the positive trend our government leading in order to improves lives for Southerners. Since the bill is still in its draft format, they have to wait for SSLA to pass it and then signed by GoSS president after which it can be adopted as a media law. Once signed into constitution, they have right to seek explanation for the minister whose duty is to oversee its implemention in legal channels which regulates the media profession.
    I hope the media will get rid of some journalists who have their agenda they want to advance by manipulating media freedom, otherwise the whole process will not go smoothly such that they works in good atmosphere. Government is government! Understand it!

    Mack Awer

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    • 2 January 2010 03:36, by Dinka Boy

      Mr Mack awer,

      Your comments really represent the interest of citizens of Southern Sudan.Thanks brother, but can i remind you that it is unpleasant to describe people base on their color.
      This sentence undermine the skin color of the entire black community. "Black NCP agent".

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      • 2 January 2010 13:04, by mack waweru

        Dinka Boy,

        Yes brother! I mean those black Southerners who act as representing the interests of Southern Sudanese, but in reality promote policies of NCP.
        Anyway there is wisdom in your advice and I appreciate that.

        Mack Awer

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  • 2 January 2010 04:10, by Majang

    This is not a joke in which the Goverment of Southern Sudan should take for granted.both the Media & the Gov must not publicis any fales information which can damages the Image of our Country.the Goverment didn`t stoped any media on passing informations but, if they critices fales information,than the gov has a right to warn them.I heard a month a go that Dr Riek machar had resigned which wasn`t True who are those Arabs agent that are bussy creating problems for the Great South Sudan?

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  • 2 January 2010 04:52, by Kur

    The people of South Sudan need a free media, which do not rely on lies and political interference. In this regard, both the government and the body representing the journalists should sit and develop the laws that will guide the work of the media in South Sudan. We do not want to see the harassment of media in South Sudan, but we want to be an example of freedom in the Horn of Africa in post-war independent South Sudan.

    Kur

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    • 2 January 2010 18:30, by joseph atem

      I think we have right to say what we wented to say ,can they stop khartoum goverment to buy time? if not then we can say what we wented ,becouse we are free people and we need our freedom. I think we don’t lie when we said khartoum goverment buying time and you know that ,why are we running away ?

      by/ gardon basher

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      • 3 January 2010 07:20, by Jacob Akol

        Please get the full picture as below:

        Sorry if I stepped on a ministerial foot!

        Writes Jacob J. Akol

        I have been informed that a minister of the Government of Southern Sudan
        (GoSS), has given an interview to the British Broadcasting Corporation
        (BBC), asserting that “some one” has written over his head to the
        President of the GoSS, complaining about sections in the draft media
        Legislations, which were recently presented to the Southern Sudan
        Legislative Assembly. The letter, he reportedly said, was “out of
        procedure”, therefore he would not change anything from the drafts
        that were presented to the assembly.

        Having reason to assume that the minister was referring to me, let me interpret what he allegedly said here in a parable, for that is the way the wise men under the trees in our villages get their messages understood:

        Hyna and Goat were walking together on a narrow path. Goat was in
        front and Hyna was following. Hyna was very hungry and wanted very
        much to eat Goat; but if he killed Goat without justifiable cause, he
        would have to answer for it in the court of animals law. So Hyna tripped
        Goat and accused him of having stepped on his foot. When Goat
        protested that such an act would be impossible, since he was in front
        of him, Hyna accused Goat of having called him a liar. So now he
        satisfied himself that he had two good reasons to eat Goat. And so he
        did.

        If the minister in question is not going to change anything in the questionable draft media laws presented to the assembly, he should not use my appeals to those above him as an excuse because he intended to do so anyway.

        But the fact is that I am not an employee of the minister, nor am I an employee of the GoSS; so the question of procedure does not arise. I am an independent citizen with professional stake in the issue of media laws, as well as being a leader of an independent media organization. As such, I am free lobby or appeal to any power that I believe will look at the case I am presenting with sympathy or understanding or both.

        It is in that vein that I wrote the following appeal letters to President Kiir. They are not confidential, as they have been on the Gurtong website (www.gurtong.net) for sometime now:

        Struggle for Conducive Media Environment in South/Sudan

        By Jacob J. Akol

        21 October 2009 –

        As general elections grow ever nearer in Sudan, now scheduled for April 2010, followed by the crucial Referendum in 2011 with the possibility of the country splitting into North and South as separate countries, the need for a conducive media environment to freely engage in relationship debate between North and South has never been so urgent.

        Below is part of the Association for Media Development in South Sudan, AMDISS, and partners attempt to walk with the Government of Southern Sudan, since its formation in 2003, to date.

        Seemingly smooth, there have been stumbling blocks along the way to the First Reading of badly deformed laws in Parliament. Where exactly the key omissions and commissions to write in controlling clauses by the GoSS occurred is not yet clear; but the battle to get the right democratic legislation passed into laws is now in the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly.

        Please note the dates of the appeal and memo to President Kiir Mayardit.

        Appeal to the President of the Government of Southern Sudan Lt.
        General Salva Kiir Mayardit
        5th December 2008,
        Juba, Southern Sudan

        Your Excellency,
        Mindful of and Appreciative of:
        1. The historic Comprehensive Peace Agreement, CPA, signed in Kenya in January 2005
        2. The Media and Human Rights provision in the National and Southern Sudan Interim Constitutions
        3. Your personal publicly stated commitment to full implementation of the CPA and the provisions provided in the CPA and the Interim Constitutions
        And
        Having noted with regrets:
        1. The lack of progress in repealing the repressive Media and Human Rights laws of April 2004
        2. The deterioration of freedom of expression and of the media by increased intimidation, harassment, arrest and torture of Human Rights activists and journalists
        3. Undue regular censorship and closer of media houses
        4. The lack of progress in passing into law the Draft Media Bills for Southern Sudan
        We the members of the Southern Roundtable and the Consortium for the Development of Democratic Media Legislation in Sudan therefore:
        Urge your Excellency to take appropriate action and use your good offices to expedite the passage of democratic Media Bills through the South Sudan Legislative Assembly, namely,
        1. The Right to Information Bill
        2. Independent Broadcasting Authority Bill
        3. South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation Bill
        4.Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Organizational Bill
        The Southern Roundtable and the Consortium strongly believe that the enactment of these democratic media and human rights bills will be demonstrative of the Southern Sudan Government’s commitment to the implementation of:
        1. The Comprehensive Peace Agreement, CPA
        2. The Freedom of Expression and Human Rights provisions in the
        Southern Sudan Interim Constitution
        3. And the rescinding of the existing oppressive National Press and Publications Act of 2004, the New Sudan Law of 2003, and the Criminal Penal Code of 1991 which are regrettably still being applied in Southern Sudan.

        We further believe that the passing of these bills into law by the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly will provide your Excellency, as Vice President of the Government of National Unity, with the moral authority to advocate for the passage of democratic media and human rights legislations in the National Assembly.

        Your Excellency, we are hopeful that you will give this appeal your highest priority in the defense of Freedom of Expression, Human Rights and Democracy.

        Signed:
        Jacob J. Akol
        Chairman of Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS)
        For and on behalf of the Southern Sudan Media Roundtable and the Consortium on the Development of Democratic Media Legislation in Sudan:

        Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS)
        Khartoum Centre for Human Rights and Environmental Development (KCHRED),
        Norwegian Peoples’ Aid (NPA),
        ARTICLE 19 – Global Campaign for Free Expression,
        International Media Support (IMS)
        Olof Palme International Centre (OPIC)

        5th December 2008, Juba, Southern Sudan

        Contact:
        jacobakol@gmail.com
        Telephones Juba number: +256477129385
        Nairobi number: +254712445347
        UK numbers: +447943125843 or 44 01933-391-358


        Memo to:

        His Excellency Lt General Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Government of Southern Sudan.
        CC: His Excellency Dr. Riek Machar Teny, Vice President of the Government of Southern Sudan.

        7th October 2009,
        Juba, Southern Sudan.

        Your Excellency,
        Subject: Appreciation and Alert.
        On behalf of the Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) and on my own behalf, I would like to express sincere appreciation to you and to Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny, for your speedy action in moving through the Council of Ministers to the Southern Sudan Assembly the draft media laws that were stuck for
        months at the Ministerial Cluster for Governance.

        I, and I believe AMDISS and members of the media and human rights consortium that have been working on the draft media laws with your government since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), were rightly overjoyed of the news, as waning believe in your commitment to democratic governance of the Sudan as a whole and of
        Southern Sudan in particular were renewed by your positive and speedy action.

        However, I find it a matter of duty on my part to alert you of the deformity of the draft laws that were presented to the Southern Sudan Assembly and the action that we at AMDISS and members of the media committee of the assembly have taken so far in attempts to rectify deformed sections that I trust were not fully revealed to both
        yourself and Dr. Machar, either at the presentation at the Council of Ministers or there after.

        Attached to this memo are “Explanatory Notes & Critical Observations” on the sections that would virtually turn the laws into tools for ministerial control of the media. Such a turn of events after our long walk together would be regrettable indeed.

        Your Excellency,
        It is not that we are not aware of the dire and urgent security and CPA issues facing you and the region at this very moment, nor are we blind to the far worse restrictive media laws and human rights abuses going on in Khartoum. It is just that we have a duty and wish you and the Government of Southern Sudan well in your commitment to full
        implementation of the CPA and democratic governance. The media laws that were recently presented to the Assembly by the Minister of Constitutional and Legal Affairs would come out terribly shortchanged, just like the Anti-Corruption Laws that lacked substance without the ability to investigate and prosecute, powers that had to be decreed
        later into the law by yourself.
        I sincerely hope the action AMDISS have taken with committee members of the assembly and this alert memo will save these draft legislations from being passed into laws as dismembered as were presented to the assembly by the minister.

        Yours Faithfully,
        Jacob J. Akol
        (Hon Chairman, Association for Media Development in South Sudan).


        The following notes and observations are from AMDISS Hon Secretary, Dr. Hakim Moi, following the presentation of Draft Media Bills to the Southern Sudan Legislative Assembly and his briefing there with the House Committee on Media:

        Explanatory Notes & Critical Observations:
        The three media bills namely, the Media Authority Bill 2009, the Right to Information Bill 2009 and the Southern Sudan Broadcasting Corporation Bill 2009, that have been presented to the SSLA by the Minister of Legal Affairs and Constitutional Development, contain provisions and clauses which impede and restrict press freedoms, and
        introduce government control over the media sector.

        1. The Media Authority Bill 2009
        a. As a regulatory authority over the media, this Bill was originally designed and formulated to specify a number of well defined guiding principles and policies which apply to the broadcasting, print and electronic media. These principles and policies provided the necessary guidance for good governance and protection of independent media from government interference and control.

        However, all the said principles and policies have been removed from the original draft. For instance the policies removed and omitted from the Bill stated that media licensing shall be narrowly defined and applied only to broadcasting (radio, TV, etc) but not to the print and electronic media. The GOSS instead introduced in their amendment of this Bill the licensing of all the media (print, publications, radio, TV, etc) instead of just broadcasting as was first stated in the bill.

        The companies act and normal business registration requirements should be applicable to the print and electronic media without additional license requirement that is applicable to the broadcasting sector.

        b. Another serious omission in addition to the Guiding Principles is that relating to the policies for Press and Broadcast, Press Freedoms and Independent Media, and Internet in Section 6 on Media Policy. The Guiding Principles together with the policies provide the framework for media oversight and governance by the Independent Media Commission
        as the regulatory body for the media. The principles guide the policy and the policies promote the principles, the Independent Media Commission, as the regulatory authority for the media in Southern Sudan, needs to be guided by a set of well defined governance
        principles and policies in its primary function as a regulator.
        The omission of these principles and policies for the print, broadcast and Internet media constitute a serious gap in promoting the development of an independent media and press freedoms in Southern Sudan, and these guiding principles and stated policies should therefore be reinstated as were originally coded and defined for the media.

        c. The third serious omission from the original draft related to the specific regulatory committees/bodies needed to streamline the work of the Commission in accordance with the Guiding Principles, Policies, and International best practice. And these include but not limited to the following:
        i. Press & Broadcast Complaints Board and/or Independent Media Council (This has been removed or omitted from the bill)
        ii. Hearings Panel (This has been omitted from the bill)
        iii. Media Appeals Board (Only this one has been retained, which makes the bill inconsistent by removing complementary components)
        iv. Broadcast Frequency Licensing (also removed from the Bill)
        v. Complaints and Monitoring (omission)
        vi. Legal Counsel (omission)
        vii. Engineering & Technical Standards (omission)
        viii. Public Affairs and Education (omission)

        It is recommended that, in order to maintain consistency and to coherence with the principles and polices stated, the above listed need to be reinstated as proposed in the amendments to this Bill on 25/09/2009.

        2. Right of Access to Information
        a. In this bill, the GOSS proposed to limit applicability of the law to public bodies only but not to the private bodies as well. This contradicts the policies and principles that were stated for the governance of access to information held by both public and private bodies.

        The GOSS seem to have deliberately removed the right to access information held by private bodies, which is necessary for legitimate reasons or for the protection of a right and the public interest.

        GOSS also removed and omitted the originally stated guiding principles which obliged both private and public bodies to comply with the requirements of this Bill. Instead, it amended the Bill to exclude private bodies from compliance with the provisions of this Bill. This is a serious omission and does not protect the public interest and the need to know or access information to protect a right or public interest.

        The law must provide for access to information held by both the private and public bodies as originally stipulated and not just applicable to public bodies as proposed by GOSS. The original guiding principles as regards access to information held by public and private bodies should be reinstated in the Right of Access to Information Bill
        2009

        b. The Information Commissioner role provided for in this bill should be a member of the governing Board of the Media Authority (defined in the Media Authority Bill 2009) which the SSLA Committee on Information also proposed to be renamed as the Independent Media Commission (as in original draft from AMDISS).

        This way, duplications of separate Commissions would be avoided, and as a member of the Governing Board of the proposed Independent Media Commission, the Information
        Commissioner would retain all the necessary powers defined in the Right of Information without loss but with the added benefit of the support provided by the functions, services and staff of the Media Commission or Authority.

        3. Southern Sudan Broadcasting Corporation Bill 2009
        a. In the appointments of members of the Board of Directors for both the SSBC and the Independent Media Commission / Authority, there should be minimal interference of the Minister or the President with the process of nomination, and every effort must be made to make the process transparent, fair and subject to public scrutiny, and with the approval of the Assembly for appointments, as well as conduct of hearings by the assembly in case of controversial removal of a member of the board.
        b. The President should not on his or her own initiative remove any board member on account of a recommendation from the Minister and doing so without approval of the assemb

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  • 3 January 2010 23:45, by Bor Nhom

    Its sound unfrofessional when minster start to complain and accused the media groups of politicising the matter.to the best of my knowledge the minstry of information and Broadcasting is entitled to errigulate the media law within the Sudanese teritory and take action against those journalist who does not follow the rules.passing media bill is a government’s obligation.

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    • 4 January 2010 01:54, by Gatbel Chuol

      What I hardly understand is the fact the the GOSS Minister shifts his blames to media for wrong doings committed by himself. This failed minister needs to be fired with immediate effect.
      Thanks,

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