News / Africa

South Sudan Journalist Arrested Over Editorial

Veteran South Sudanese journalist Alfred Taban was detained by police after publishing an editorial that was critical of a public official. (VOA/Mugume Davis)Veteran South Sudanese journalist Alfred Taban was detained by police after publishing an editorial that was critical of a public official. (VOA/Mugume Davis)
x
Veteran South Sudanese journalist Alfred Taban was detained by police after publishing an editorial that was critical of a public official. (VOA/Mugume Davis)
Veteran South Sudanese journalist Alfred Taban was detained by police after publishing an editorial that was critical of a public official. (VOA/Mugume Davis)
TEXT SIZE - +
Mugume Davis Rwakaringi
— A veteran South Sudanese journalist says he was arrested and held in "very difficult conditions" after running an opinion piece that was critical of a former state governor.

Alfred Taban, chief editor of The Juba Monitor, says he was detained last week and held for about three hours at a police station after the paper ran an editorial piece by a resident of Rumbek, alleging that former Lakes state Governor Chol Tong Mayay misappropriated public funds.

“I was... served with an arrest warrant and then placed in very difficult conditions... [in] a room about three yards by five yards," Taban said.

"It was full of goods; there were sacks of sugar, tins of sugar and other commodities. It was not really for human beings. It was just something like a store for stolen goods and things like that.”

Taban has said he is also being sued by Mayay for defamation.

His arrest came less than a month after South Sudan agreed to be a pilot country for a United Nations program to create a free and safe environment for media workers. One of the changes called for in the U.N. plan is for defamation to be decriminalized.

The Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Tuesday condemned Taban's arrest, saying in a statement that the journalist was treated like a criminal and held in "very inhumane conditions."

"Citizens must be allowed to express their views in the public interest as this is what guarantees good governance, accountability and probity," the IFJ statement said.

The Union for Journalists in South Sudan (UJOSS) says at least 10 journalists have been detained without charge in South Sudan in the last two months.

Neither the Minister of Information, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, nor his deputy, Atem Yak Atem, were available for comment.

You May Like

Algerians Vote in Presidential Election

There were few media reports of protests and clashes around the country, but so far no significant violence More

Sharks More Evolved than Previously Thought

The discovery could “profoundly affect our understanding of evolutionary history” More

Pakistan Military Asked to Protect Polio Workers

Request comes as authorities say a Taliban ban on vaccinations in 2012 and deadly attacks on anti-polio teams have prevented thousands of children from getting inoculated More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Google Buys Drone Companyi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
George Putic
April 15, 2014
In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
AppleAndroid