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Journalist arrested by security operatives in Bentiu, Unity state


By James Gatdet Dak

April 26, 2010 (JUBA) – A local journalist working as correspondent for Sudanvotes and Bentiu FM radio station has been arrested by security operatives in the Unity state’s capital, Bentiu, and his whereabouts are not yet known.

Bonifacio Taban On Friday, 23rd April, Bonifacio Taban Kuich was arrested while covering the general protest across Bentiu town, following the announcement by the State High Election Committee and the National Election Commission (NEC) that the SPLM incumbent caretaker governor, Taban Deng Gai, had won the gubernatorial election against his main independent rival, Angelina Teny.

During the demonstrations two people were reported shot dead by security forces and several others seriously wounded, one later died in hospital, adding the dead to three in number.

Bonifacio Taban Kuich was arrested in Bentiu Hospital while trying to cover the situation of the injured and reportedly beaten by the security operatives. His working equipment was also confiscated. He was later on released on Friday evening without the return of his equipment and was re-arrested on Saturday, 24th April.

His family members said the security personnel had taken him to an unknown location. They said they did not know the reason for his arrest because there were no charges labeled against him.

In a statement issued by the administration of Bentiu FM and Sudanvotes, the media house called on the state authority to unconditionally release their colleague, Taban.

"In accordance with international and Sudanese media election law, journalists cannot be targeted, harassed or arrested while reporting on elections," reminded the statement.

"Bentiu FM and Sudanvotes call for [the] immediate unconditional release of Mr Bonifacio Taban Kuich or ask that he be charged," it continued.


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  • 26 April 2010 02:20, by Gat nyaraan

    The first question that comes to mind when an arrest like that happen is why the security forces will arrest Mr.Bonifacio Taban Kuich? First off Bonifacio works in the local radio fm of Bentiu and a journalist for Sudan votes website. may be the reason why he was arrested is because he expose the lies, and fraudulent that is practiced by the governor Taban Deng in unity state. Bonaifacio was just doing his job covering the events of the protest which occurred post the announcement of Taban Deng as the winner by bribing the state electoral committee,and Abel Allier NEC members.
    Here is what happen to Bonifacio repeating itself in its ugliest faces, beating of 66 years old UDF independent candidate Sabina Kolong Paul.


    • 26 April 2010 05:35, by Gatwech

      Dear readers,

      The authorities in South Sudan should release Mr. Bonifacio Taban as quickly as NOW!

      SPLM is shaming itself by just imitating whatever Khartoum’s NCP does while claiming to be better than NCP. At least Khartoum’s NCP is better than SPLM.

      It is typical of dictators like Taban Deng Gai who ever feel guilty of stealing the people’s votes that he is not secure when he sees journalists around him.

      He thinks all his bad deeds will be exposed to the whole world. Now his forces are let loose hunting for supporters of Angelina Teny. Is that what he should have focused on after stealing Angelina’s votes?

      Salvatore Kiir’s friend Taban should be told that what he is doing is wrong before the whole thing becomes a mess in the near future. I don’t believe that some leaders will be allowed by God to reach 2011.

      God is watching very closely now as we approach the end-game with the North and internally!!!

  • 26 April 2010 05:23, by Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

    Threat to journalist is the same as threat to the media, South Sudan has been an enemy to the power of media. Lot of corruption in the government across South will get out of hands if we keep acting dangerous with the microscope that detect the virus. Media is the only tool for revealing the unknown side of the World, it cause panic to the corrupter s and criminals who are behind the misuses of public fund. We should not abuse the media in this corrupt nation of South. Oh my God when will SPLA come to understand the principles of modern nation.

    • 26 April 2010 05:41, by Gatwech

      Mr. Famous Big_Logic_Boy,

      Thanks for your heart of humanity. See, you, me and Gat nyaraan are the only three people who have now commented in sympathy with the situation faced by this journalist.

      I have not seen any comment from all those inhumane hearts of Dinka Boy, Lobengula, Dinka Dominated SPLA, etc.

      They don’t feel any thing bad in this news because they do not have that heart of sympathy. Or they just support such criminal acts against the media.

      • 26 April 2010 07:18, by Gat nyaraan

        Gatwech & Mr Famous Big_Logic_Boy

        did you check out the link that i post above? it is an article for one of the independent candidates from terkeka constituency who was arrested, beaten, and humiliated by the security agents and she is 66 years. she is now in Juba hospital. it is disgusting and disturbing. what human beings will beat an old woman who is almost the same age as their mothers or even their grandmas. it is inexcusable, shameful, and inhumane.
        just check it out and judge by yourselves.

      • 26 April 2010 10:46, by okucu pa lotinokwan

        Mr Gatwech,do not misunderstood me that Im Dinka,everybody has sympathy on the situation of this local journlist at present he is in, we wish him guick release by the authority of Unity State Government.Incase he was found inocent.But Mr Gatwech do not use to compare the criminal government in Khartoum with FREEDOM fighters SPLM/A .Salve Kiir Mayardit will soon release you from the trap of NCP.

  • 26 April 2010 05:48, by Dinka Boy


    Haaaaaaaaaaaaa, where will you take honorable Taban Deng Gai in the South?
    I don,t really know my dear.

    • 26 April 2010 07:04, by Gat nyaraan

      Dinka boy
      Did you notice that the topic above is about Bonifacio Taban a journalist in Radio fm in unity state(bentiu) and and correspondent for sudanvotes.com website. taban deng the alleged and fraud governor may be the cause and behind the arrest of the mentioned journalist but he is irrelevant here did you even check and read the article?

      • 26 April 2010 07:22, by Gatwech

        Gat nyaraan,

        You are talking to a cursed fool!

        Dinka Boy is a mad orphan MAN in Bor town!

        • 26 April 2010 08:44, by Gat nyaraan

          Oh I see
          that is why he called himself a boy and he can not perceive the contents of an article and what in it. but it is better to read, learn, and talk about what you know something about rather than just blabbed all the time everywhere.
          IF he is an orphan as you said and from Jongeli may be that is why he is so desperate about taban because he got his food from Taban directly or indirectly that is a possibility

  • 27 April 2010 15:54, by Wiyual Wech Puk D. Payol.

    How is the election going on in bentiu?

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