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S. Sudanese journalist released after weeks in detention


August 26, 2019 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese journalist was on Monday freed after spending almost six weeks in detention without any charge.

Michael Christopher of Al-Watan newspaper (ST photo)

"I stayed inside for 39 days and there were no charges put against me... that is why, they decided to release me," Michael Christopher, editor of the Arabic-language daily Al-Watan told The East African.

Last month, South Sudanese security officers blocked Michael who was heading to Nairobi to seek medical attention, from traveling.

Since then, he was held by at the country’s National Security Service (NSS) headquarters before his eventual release without any charge.

His arrest, however, attracted widespread condemnation and criticism from various human rights groups and media bodies.

Earlier, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called for Michael’s release and for authorities to halt "harassment of his publication".

South Sudan ranks 139 out of 180 countries on the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) 2019 global press freedom index.

From 2014 to 2017, at least 10 journalists were killed in South Sudan, which gained independence in from neighbouring Sudan in 2011.


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  • 27 August 2019 09:08, by Pakuai

    He was not a ’journalist’ but a piece of foreign creep. I think, the government of South Sudan a tap on these foreign propagandists with their propaganda project over our country & our people>>>

    • 27 August 2019 10:06, by Malakal county Simon

      Any proof why he is not a journalist??

      • 27 August 2019 11:11, by Midit Mitot

        Freedom of expression is dead in this country.

        • 27 August 2019 16:10, by james john luka

          People need to know that, freedom of expression is sometime minimized during the time of conflict.

        • 27 August 2019 16:12, by james john luka

          People need to know that, freedom of expression is sometime minimized during the time of conflict.

      • 27 August 2019 16:09, by injuba

        Because the baffoon Pakuai/ Kuch lives in his own world where he knows each and everything.

    • 27 August 2019 15:48, by Anthony

      "A piece of foreign creep"

      Not only does that make no sense grammatically but also logically.

      Does he look like a foreigner to you? He’s as dark as charcoal with small eyes, only south sudanese look like that.

      • 27 August 2019 16:18, by james john luka

        Dear Anthony, Foreigners nations are not using their nationals nowadays, but the native of their targets, remember.

    • 28 August 2019 08:08, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

      Those assumption will never help us, we the South Sudanese people. Any evidence you can produce for us? No one may be subjected to cruel or degrading treatment, torture, or otherwise be treated in a manner contrary to the respect due to a human being

  • 28 August 2019 08:04, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

    We believe that every human being possesses intrinsic rights and freedoms, and that all human beings are equal in worth and dignity and entitled to equal protection. Every human being has the right to life with dignity, and to personal security, health, inviolability and freedom.

    • 28 August 2019 08:10, by Gender Activist Ter Manyang

      Every person arrested has the right to be immediately informed, in a language the person understands, of the grounds of the arrest.

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