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South Sudanese independent newspaper lays off staff over security matters

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August 25, 2015 (JUBA) - The management of The Citizen newspaper, one of the leading independent newspapers in South Sudan, announced on Tuesday that it will lay off staff due to closure of the paper by South Sudanese authorities.

South Sudanese journalist and editor, Nhial Bol , reads a copy of the Juba Monitor, with a heading referring to the killing of journalist Peter Moi of The New Nation newspaper, on August 21, 2015 (Photo AFP/Samir Bol)

The editor in chief of the paper, Nhial Bol Aken, told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that the management has decided to shut down because it was unable to raise resources to pay the staff after the authorities have closed down the paper earlier this month.

“We have discussed this at managerial and administrative level and we came out with a decision to lay off the staff because we have no resources to continue to pay for them, after the paper has been closed,” the veteran journalist announced during an exclusive interview on Tuesday.

“We don’t know when it would be opened because the authorities gave us an indefinite notice closing down the paper,” he said.

The management, according to Aken, also decided to suspend staff working for its twin television, The Citizen TV, due to security matters, explaining some of the workers live in remote places within the national capital, Juba.

“Some of the staff work up to 10:00 pm in the evening each day, but given the current security situation, we felt it would be unwise to take the risk. So we decided to close down the television until when this situation improves or when there is an assurance from the authorities,” said Aken.

The media house was forced to close down by government security operatives, accusing it of publishing stories that were seen to be anti-government.

Also another journalist, Moi Peter Julius, was gunned down last week in the capital, Juba, by unknown gunmen believed to be government agents, further raising fears among journalists about their safety and movement in the capital.

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  • 26 August 2015 12:59, by dad1

    Aken.
    for your safety put everything off, let juba be a big remote village, news paper are only for idle people let them suffer.

  • 26 August 2015 14:45, by Jojo

    Hi Dad1, for sure you are one of those supporting the closure of newspaper and killing journalists. How can you be happy when 70+ people lost their jobs through this creative South Sudan national who runs this newspaper. May God have mercy on you! You are now enjoying the suffering of those who lost their earning and their children are starving. Change is coming for journalists to feel free!



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