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South Sudanese newspaper office raided

February 21, 2011 (JUBA) – The Citizen newspaper claims its Juba office was raided in Sunday night by four security men in plain
clothes according to its Monday edition.

The Citizen Chairman of Board and Editor in Chief in Juba. Dec. 12, 2010 (ST)

The security operatives also arrested a driver, identified as Madeng Kout, on Sunday - he is still missing.

“There is nothing that may have provoked the disapproval of the security,” says Nhial Bol, The Citizen Editor-in-chief in his paper.

Established in 2005 in Khartoum, The Citizen is now a South Sudan based English language newspaper that began printing in Juba in January 2011. The daily as many other media outlets suffered from censorship imposed by Sudanese security apparatus.

“The incident is a direct attack on freedom of expression,” said Nhial.

It remains unclear what warranted the raids on The Citizen office, Sources within the paper suggest that an editorial column attracted attention of the ministry of internal affairs last week.

It is alleged that a team of advisors from the ministry was unhappy about the column’s critique of the police service which suggested they were not capable of keeping order.

(ST)