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July 13,2013 (JUBA) - South Sudanese newspaper editor, Nhial Bol Aken says he plans to go into a exile after security agencies put him under strict surveillance for allegedly broadcasting and publishing views critical of the south-ruling party (SPLM) performances.

Nhial Bol Aken, The Citizen’s editor-in-chief, in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, on 12 December 2010 (ST)

In an exclusive interview with Sudan Tribune, Aken claimed his life was under extreme security threat over the past few days, asserting that security agents had warned him against expressing anti-government views.

“I am thinking of going into exile because my life has been under extreme security threat for the last two days. I have received warnings similar to what they gave Isaiah Abraham [slain journalist/blogger]. One of the security agents asked whether I was not interested in looking after my children," the veteran scribe said Saturday.

This was exactly what they used to tell Isaiah that your children are young and it is better you look after them instead of focusing on issues which would not benefit you, he added.

Aken, who owns The Citizen newspaper and television said he found people in plain clothes standing mysteriously before the compound of his residence on Friday night and remained there until about 2:00 am the next day forcing him to jump over the fence in to the publishing facility.

“My life is under threat. I found strange people standing before my residence yesterday at mid night. They were doing nothing and said why should I worry about people standing before my residence when I asked them’,” he said.

He says he received threats and accusation from government agents, largely accusing him of advancing opinions from opposition groups and individuals with dissident views.

“I received threats over publication and broadcast about views critical of the performance of government. They asked why we published a statement by Pagan Amum in which he admitted failure of the SPLM. They also asked why we interviewed and make a broadcast of Lam Akol’s views. They actually wanted to close our station, but I preempted the plan by going to the security office myself”, he said.

But a security officer, in an interview with Sudan Tribune, quickly denied Aken’s allegations, describing the latter an an "unprofessional journalist, liar and someone looking for international recognition by tarnishing the image of the country for personal fame."

“I do not have any idea of what this liar is saying. I actually do not know what your friend is up to. Do really talk with him. Why you don’t advice him that what he is doing is not good. He has launched a negative campaign to tarnish the image of this country, just for personal fame and benefits. What will he get from doing all these”, asked the security officer, who preferred anonymity.

Meanwhile, a senior official at the ministry of information advised journalists to exercise neutrality and avoid being too critical of the government activities.

“I have always advised you [referring to the Sudan Tribune journalist interviewing him] and Nhial Bol as friends, to slow down from airing out your views. I do this not because I am against press freedom and expression, but because of the environment itself," he said.

"Let the dust settle down a little a bit," he added.

Aken recently blasted members of the international community, accusing them of sympathising with the governing SPLM, allegedly due to their interest in the country’s oil resources.

He made these remarks while speaking at a round table discussion hosted by the UN sponsored Miraya FM focusing on the achievements, challenges and plans of the new nation.

"I am worried. These people [South Sudan’s government] have lost direction. They do not have vision. They do not have any plans," Aken said during Tuesday’s show.

"Yesterday, I asked one of the ministers what their plans are with the new oil revenues and he said no plan. They are thinking about new cars and new wives. The future is gloom[y]," added the fearless journalist.

The veteran scribe, who has been detained by South Sudan’s security services on various occasions for his paper’s criticism of the government, said that top members of the SPLM were planning "to use oil money to buy weapons so that they can kill themselves during [the] 2015 elections".

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ST - South Sudan newspaper editor calls for sanctions against top officials

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  • 14 July 2013 07:45, by julia

    Nhial Bol u re so a simpleton and imbecile bugs jounalist i never see! U deserve it if u happen to undergone that threat, if the money u usually make through advertising ren,t enough, u better look for a good way of seeking asylum instead of betraying ur belovely nation, s.sudan isn,t for kiir only, he will one time go and s.sudan exist, z heart of Nyigateen wouldn,t help. Refrain from that!

    • 14 July 2013 17:25, by Nyesi Ta

      Sister Julia,
      A country that does not promote democracy will never promote women’s rights. A democratic society is an open society that allows under its constitution, the freedom of speech, freedom press, women rights, and human rights. Women need to see that all rights are protected including freedom of press because it safeguards all the freedoms in a democratic society.

      • 14 July 2013 18:25, by Mayom County Boy

        let him go we are still a south sudanese,iam sure south sudan name can not be change because Nhial Bol went out from south sudan.who care?

    • 14 July 2013 21:43, by julia

      nyesi ta.
      if u re so imbecile impede, pls am n,t ur types, pls wash ur dirty gut b4 u address sister. 4 u, u re a born nyigat! Julia Th is my pseudonym. meaning julia tongo hotel. my signal cord by then, but since nyigateen were in the den of enemy, they didn,t any development in the SPLA/M liberated areas. Bilpam&Nueer dorminate, ur English is so filthy, u better quell z forum.

  • 14 July 2013 07:46, by julia

    Nhial Bol u re so a simpleton and imbecile bugs jounalist i never see! U deserve it if u happen to undergone that threat, if the money u usually make through advertising ren,t enough, u better look for a good way of seeking asylum instead of betraying ur belovely nation, s.sudan isn,t for kiir only, he will one time go and s.sudan exist, z heart of Nyigateen wouldn,t help. Refrain from that!

    • 14 July 2013 07:54, by julia

      am so sorry, Dr.Nyigat Vulture Riek ve tought s.sudanese is habit that wouldn,t help completely! Every body want position, wealth, world recognition through betrayal and tarnishing his one country image. nhail thought if the western bugs thugs destroy s.sudan he would be free. What had NATO did to Libyia. How many died in Libyia not only Gadaffi die! The desertor u people re preaching isn,t fine

      • 14 July 2013 08:18, by Mayok

        Juila! U are a useless, hooker,prostitute human being I never seen in my life. When will you grow up, and stop insulting your leaders? Do you know, insulting your leader is like insulting you Country. When and where did you get insulting certification.?
        thank you for your heartless

        • 14 July 2013 08:26, by julia

          manyok.
          U mean betraying one love nation is a right thing to u? Than u be a so flung imbecil gay. Nhail correcting nothing rather than tarnishing the image of s.sudan which some of u think is the short cut for claiming the lader of leadership!

        • 14 July 2013 18:07, by Alier42

          Nhial is a big liar, he should not compare his scenario with the one of the late Abraham,you wanted to cover up for the government of your home state for the accountability of Abraham,s assassination,we know you in and out.why were you not killed long before now?,whatever you had narrated is a fiction,it won,t change the hatred we had toward your community of wrap state.

    • 14 July 2013 08:02, by Sundayw

      Mr. Nhial Bol is a pathological liar. How can people be threatening him when he has been allowed to publish unsubstantiated reports for so long without anyone touch a hair on his head. He is become more of a political tool than an objective journalist. He goes and pour his guts out to the jallaba-owned Sudan Tribune instead of airing his views in South Sudan with responsible authorities. Liar!

      • 14 July 2013 08:05, by Sundayw

        If Mr. Bol believes the stuff he is writing about, he should not go into exile but rather confront the so-called ’agencies’ after him. He is doing more harm to the image of our glorious nation than he is worth. South Sudan is only a couple of years and run by former field commanders. It has made mistakes but this gentleman is trying to exploit some shortcomings for his own grandstanding. Liar.

  • 14 July 2013 07:47, by Bentiu son

    Warning!puppets n the defunct agents within the security organs should shown their neutrality for the ongoing political wrangling with SPLM.Hence,their intimations, harassment,threatening n killings of Journalists will tarnish the fragile nation like RSS which has two years old.The Security organs should not side with failure President Salva Kiir who has nothing in mind but only boring hat lol

  • 14 July 2013 07:52, by Jonglie

    Ofcourse Nhial Bol will have hard time with with security. Jonglei is becoming chaotic, fighting currently going between Lou Nuer youth and Murlie, an NGO working in Pibor reported that over 1250 Lou killed and 85 Murle killed with around 500 injured on both sides., Dr Barnaba denied that too. Kiir is hunting his comrades one by one. leadership struggle. Where are we up to South Sudan.

    • 14 July 2013 08:02, by julia

      let them die! Nyigateen who allowed them to go deep into murle land! Murle rebellion is the duty of SPLA but not Nueer food lovers duties! We would soon fuck Vulture Riek machar than we wait what Nyigateen re upto! 1250 Nueer food lovers killed by Murle while 85 murle killed by Nueer who re now the worrior Nueer and Murle? Nueer should accept the change.

      • 14 July 2013 08:23, by Jonglie

        Koul Manyang will send all illiterate Lou Nuer youth to die in Murlei land, if any media reported that they will be targeted by the security forces

        • 14 July 2013 12:24, by LL Reuben

          Jonglie,
          Try Dak Kueth, Koul Manyang has no business with Bor-char (Lou Nuer) youth. Dak Kueth is the one sending them so they can fulfill the the prophesies of Ngundeang Bong. He (Dak Kueth) is their spiritual leader, he took over from another magician called Wut-nyang who guided Riek Machar in the 90s in his quest for South Sudan leadership. Good luck to you and your Murle people, Sir.

    • 14 July 2013 08:23, by Nuer Empire

      Lair Prostitut Julia and Jonliel/Jebe.You have never been a truth teller and will never.Lou Nuer have not ever lost such a huge number infront of any enemy whom they confront.Kac Lora has been declared and makesure we know who our enemies after Murle.Nhial has never done something wrong.
      The Nuer Empire

    • 14 July 2013 15:50, by Bentiu son

      Jonglie aka genetic impotent Murle,stop lying,if coward Murle managed to killed 1250 Mighty Lou Nuer warrior,than Pibor County would have be graveyard for your minority tribe.Thus, face Nuer warrior at day time is very scary indeed,only tactic of hit n run as Murle n Dinkas do. Shame to you bunch of thieves,child abducts, cattle rustlers,tribal mindsets n corruptest

  • 14 July 2013 08:02, by Don P

    Wow! How is one betraying his country by reporting the truth? How is this journalist a traitor to South Sudan by by doing his job?

  • 14 July 2013 08:20, by Zecharia Malong

    Nhial is right without deny. These are the facts and realities in SPLM led govt down to the Bomas.
    Now is it not clear that this govt is redhanded in the killing of Isaiah Abraham after threatening Mr Nhial?

  • 14 July 2013 08:34, by T.Gabriel

    Mr Nhial Boy is not fair and should stop this propaganda. Don’t compare your threat to that of Isaiah Abraham. You just want to gain international fame.Isaiah never mentioned that he would leave the country but would face it as it happened to him.When you were in Khartoum did you have these freedoms? Don’t add more fire to this rivalry between Kiir and Riek!!!

    • 14 July 2013 09:16, by Dau-network

      Nhial Bol should chose either to be journalist or activist because what he doing in South Sudan now is not good as a journalist, it good if he is an activist.
      Journalist duties is just to report or edited instead challenge or favor any political sides.
      He deserves arrest always because this man is tarnishing country image.

      • 14 July 2013 09:30, by Pure Nationalist

        He is telling the truth and those who deny the fact are the agents of death angel that is killing S Sudanese after their freedom like they did to Isaiah Abraham. Nhial Bol, plse, take care of yourself and God will protect you from the agents of the death angel.

  • 14 July 2013 09:03, by Pif Paf

    "Yesterday, I asked one of the ministers what their plans are with the new oil revenues and he said no plan. They are thinking about new cars and new wives. The future is gloom[y]," added the the fearless journalist. Loool Epic !!

    • 14 July 2013 09:29, by Dau-network

      Government should define a rule of journalist in South Sudan, if any laws has been broken by Nhial Bol then close his station and take him to court.
      Who is that minister whose Nhial reckless against by name, it is total propaganda against government because of his previous arrests.
      If many journalists behave like this in South Sudan then we’d dramatized journalists compared to othercountries.

  • 14 July 2013 09:18, by Jalaby

    Oh my Goodness,Mr. Nhial Aken will soon be killed and annexed to Isaiah Abraham!
    Absolutely it’s a good idea that you escape and go for exile before it’s too late my friend!
    I believe S Sudan needs to have FBI guy ready for the upcoming of Mr. Nhial killing investigation though the FBI guy didn’t have any suspect in custody for the killing of Isaiah until now!

  • 14 July 2013 09:22, by Chol A.

    Nhial Bol, are you really mentally stable? if you want to go exile just try your way out and tell your story of threat when you are not in the country please if you think South Sudan is worse than North Sudan you are in than go back there talk as free as you want because they were enemy to us. I realize you are southern Sudanese fellow by skin but inside you is alike to Arab North . Nhial you

    • 15 July 2013 03:47, by marilditduang

      chol, you absolutly right. I think this guy is not mentally stable
      he needs some kind of doctor attention.

  • 14 July 2013 09:24, by Chol A.

    Nhial you have now experience a freedom that you never had before when you Khartoum. You have be arrested several times when you are in Khartoum and now none and you want to creates lay and abusive to government brother Nhial I’ll no regret but deserve it if it happen.

    • 14 July 2013 09:33, by Jalaby

      Chol A,
      What freedom are you talking about? who was slaving you? SPLA/M under Garang leadership was fighting Arab/Jalaba for more than 20 years for the sake of New Sudan but they never talked about "Freedom" or separating the south from north otherwise SPLA-N won’t fight with them!
      Stop being liar man, please go to hell!!

      • 14 July 2013 09:53, by Chol A.

        @Jalaby there is no SPLA/M slaving under Garang leadership the freedom am talking its just as we now online with you to express our views, know myself as south Sudanese guy, by feelig that I am belong to this land and never be given the name which are not alike to my skin like Jalaby, Mohamed or Ali on it. that freedom I mean yah abujalaby.

        • 14 July 2013 10:05, by Jalaby

          Mr. Chol A,
          This is ridiculous, so Jalaby, Mohamed, Ali, etc are not alike to your skin, how about John, James, Peter, William, Anderson, etc are they alike to your skin?! what? do you’ve a blue eyes and white ass? please confirm my friend!!

          • 14 July 2013 10:27, by Chol A.

            I do feel that you have contracted Mr. Nhial Bol to reveal things which had not happen! And this is not work of media. The work of media is to investigate and report what you witness rather than just making assumption. For the Name James and John it simple, we know where they came with these name and they have left! now what make you come with this name of Ali Jalaby and claiming that you belong

      • 14 July 2013 11:47, by Dau-network

        Jalaby. Dr Garang said "you can stone 2 birds by one stone if you got brain"that’s meant to used SPLM-N. Dr Garang said "NO SHORTCUT to freedom that why he proclaimed whole Sudan to get quarter.
        He give a chance to make their referendum but they failed to implemented it, so it was upto Blue Nile and Nuba people to determine their fate.
        Nhial Bol and Dr Hitler are Khartoum agents to tarnishing imag

    • 14 July 2013 10:06, by Pure Nationalist

      That is the view of 90% South Sudanese that Nhial Bol is representing as assessed in all ten states, if you are doubtful, try to ask those around you, if they are ten, 9 of them will say what Nhial Bol wrote.

  • 14 July 2013 10:02, by Wikileak

    The drunkard Nhial Bol Aken is a pathological liar who wants to win an international award simply by tarnishing the image of the young Nation. Nobody will kill Nhial Bol Aken but he will soon die of alcoholism related sickness mainly liver chirrosis, the guy is moving with swollen face and his feet are already swollen. Just a matter of time, his days are numbered before he will take a oneway ticke

    • 14 July 2013 10:33, by LL Reuben

      Nhial Bol, a desperate attention seeker doesn’t have a full grasp of this 21st Century belligerent democracy which the Europeans and their American counterparts are pushing down everybody’s throat. It should be whispered to his ears that UN, American, and European are not messiahs, they’re normal humans like him, but they are searching for a puppet with simian personalities like Nhial to be used..

      • 14 July 2013 10:34, by LL Reuben

        as focal point of exploiting the country with its resources. He should do the honorable thing and just move into exile where he will enjoy being a taxi driver, a housekeeper, and just welfare recipient. What sell out punk!

  • 14 July 2013 10:56, by Marco Bul

    A father doesn’t threaten his son with death if his son run around announcing his(father) fart!!Let ’em darw touch him.

  • 14 July 2013 12:53, by Lual Mayomdit

    Mr-Nhial Bol,south sudanese are mentally young bcse of war truamatic consequence and the lack logic annallsy despite your critic to gvt and cuurent political tension in the other hand border tension etc.For u as journalist you need to tour all ten states to examine our behavuorial situation.I am not against ur move ,but everybody become a politician in the newest nation even my illiterate mothers.

  • 14 July 2013 12:55, by Lual Mayomdit

    Mr-Nhial Bol,south sudanese are mentally young bcse of war truamatic consequence and the lack logic annallsy despite your critic to gvt and cuurent political tension in the other hand border tension etc.For u as journalist you need to tour all ten states to examine our behavuorial situation.I am not against ur move ,but everybody become a politician in the newest nation even my illiterate mother.

  • 14 July 2013 13:44, by Lual Mayomdit

    cont..Mr-Nhial it was for my first time to hear you as u was out of jail in 1998 n spoke to BBC evening.as I was teenage boy by then, still remember ur word.But now u seem to be a problem transmitter to our political tension our entire innocence population are absolute to be tract back to war for individuals interest let us support that peace initaitive more than politic that skart our life.

  • 14 July 2013 15:49, by whatsayyou

    There is nothing to do with announcement if one decided to go for exile because of security threat.Exile is escaping death i don’t understand how can you announce to enemy that am escaping before you even escape,this disqualify the truth of Nhial Bol words.

    • 14 July 2013 20:18, by Aweil the Role Model State 4peace

      Hahaha!
      @Whatsayyou,
      You Guys ’ve made my day w/out doubt coz i ’ve seen rapid development on civilization and i believe that civilization is all about analyzing and looking beyond so that you can detect what is not logic abt someone.
      This shameless creature has been defaming the image of South Sudan 4so long just 4his interest & his so called embarassing profesionalism.
      Shame on u common liar

  • 14 July 2013 22:09, by Kenyang

    Nhial Bol comic critizism against the gov’t is not well timing. I would love it but one can question his intention. Sure, when he went on air in front of foreign agencies, he must have expected a kick back. Certainly, all of us are against any (physical) harm on a South Sudanese just because he said unwelcome thing or because his wealth.

  • 14 July 2013 22:55, by Kenyang

    For one, SPLM had been hijacked as the very outsiders who were against it, who were out in force to destroy it, with everything it stood for are now luxurily roaming inside and are intending to kill the SPLM inside out. The new outsiders were yesterday insiders (liberators.) SPLM needs to be liberated or prepare to welcome it obituary.

  • 14 July 2013 23:33, by Angelo Achuil

    People should understand that each person has the right to voice his/her opinion about his government good or bad. Journalists are not a department of the government and should remain independent. There should be no government in the world that should only force people to talk or report only the good things. Security agents need focus on criminals killing and raiding people than on opinion

  • 15 July 2013 07:31, by Good South Sudanese

    This is one of the proves that South Sudan under dictator Kiir cowboy rabbi is a failed state. They should bring him down with a military coup by the other SPLA leaders who are being mistreated by dictator Kiir Salva.

    • 15 July 2013 11:39, by The rock

      Kiir is a good guy that could possibly learn of how to Govern the new nation if he could chose real advisers not what like his having now with the rest of the Ten governors who are undemocratically governing, coming out of War straight to the governorship positions.
      If Mr. President wants to get voted next election 2015, we got no problem with him but with people like Malong Awan, Pagan n the res

      • 15 July 2013 11:49, by The rock

        He should not pick by who was with him in the bush because, Mr. President’’ we are not in the bush’’ and people who wants to take our founds in the name of we were not together in the bush, that will not work or we will get off with both of you. We love you and we don’t want you to let us regret the support we gave you.

  • 17 July 2013 22:18, by pflege

    Hello ! This is very beautifull men black men. I love this pooples who fight to good hearth. zespó? weselny loog great i hope so much to like thats big tada. wesela zespó?.



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