News / Africa

South Sudanese Journalists Put Tribal Divisions Aside

South Sudanese Journalists Put Tribal Divisions Asidei
X
January 28, 2014 1:03 PM
In South Sudan, clashes continue despite the ceasefire last week. The political conflict between the president and his opponents is harder and harder to separate from the ethnic conflict between Dinka and Nuer. But at a radio station in Juba, journalists of both tribes collaborate, overcoming the challenges of working in such a sensitive environment. Emilie IOB reports for VOA News from Juba.
— In South Sudan, clashes continue despite the cease-fire last week.  The political conflict between the president and his opponents is harder and harder to separate from the ethnic conflict between Dinka and Nuer.  But at a radio station in Juba, journalists of both tribes collaborate, overcoming the challenges of working in such a sensitive environment. 

While fighting continues to tear South Sudan's people apart,
Eye Radio issued a call to unity. Presenter Lasuba Memo tries to cover the events and also convey a positive message at the local station located in Juba.

Memo says the show had to adapt to the crisis, adding that it finishes earlier because of the curfew. They also stopped taking phone calls from listeners.

"The situation is still hot.  People are emotional.  And I took that positive[ly]," Memo explained. "We came to realize that through the text messages that we have decided as the only way to interact with out listeners, because some of the messages are inciting violence."

Eye Radio has journalists from all South Sudanese tribes, including the Dinka and Nuer, who are at the heart of the conflict.  

Station manager Steve Omiri says when the conflict erupted, he reminded all members of his team of their journalistic duty.

"I sent an email out, to inform all my journalists that we have a career [job] to do,  that there are people listening to us and they need information.  So we must stick together during this crisis, we should not think of: 'Oh I come from this tribe, or I come from this tribe.' Let's be one people, because our career come first from [than] our tribe," he explained.

Daniel Danis, who is half Dinka and half Nuer, says his colleagues were able to put their personal feelings aside and continue to do their jobs.

"What I like about most of my colleagues is that once they are here, they put their job first," Danis said. "Their own comments and sentiments about what is happening to their community is there.  When you get to chat with someone, they'll tell you the pain they are going through.  But it never interferes with what they do."

About 30 journalists work at the station, and very few of them felt the need to take leave because of safety or moral dilemmas.  Danis says being a journalist helps him remain neutral in the eyes of the community.

"Working as a journalist makes you become friendly to people.  So I never felt threatened in a way because I know this job of mine that I have, that I'm doing, that I have done before, has brought me together with so many other colleagues from different communities," he said.

Eye Radio is one of the very few radio stations that remains on-air in South Sudan, and one of the few that still sends its journalists out into the field, every day, to report first-hand on the crisis in the country.

You May Like

Lebanese Media Unite to Support Palestinians in Gaza

Joint newscast billed as Arab world’s first unified news bulletin in support of Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip More

Photogallery Australian PM Alleges ‘Coverup’ at MH17 Crash Site

Meanwhile, Russia's ambassador to Malaysia denies plane's black boxes were opened before they were handed over to Malaysian officials More

Despite Advances in AIDS Treatment, Stigma Lingers

Leading immunologist tells VOA that stigma is often what prevents those infected with disease from seeking treatment More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: christina from: UK
January 29, 2014 8:53 PM
Well done ,keep it up Eye Radio .

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Formi
X
July 22, 2014 10:26 AM
Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video IAEA: Iran Turns its Enriched Uranium Into Less Harmful Form

Iran has converted its stockpiles of enriched uranium into a less dangerous form that is more difficult to use for nuclear weapons, according to the United Nations’ Atomic Energy Agency. The move complies with an interim deal reached with Western powers on Iran's nuclear program last year, in exchange for easing of sanctions. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Relic of Saint Draws Catholics Worried About Immigration Issue

A Roman Catholic saint who is a figure of devotion for those crossing the border into the United States is attracting believers concerned about the plight of undocumented immigrants. Mike O'Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, where a relic of Saint Toribio has drawn thousands to local churches.
Video

Video Ukraine Rebels Surrender MH17 Black Boxes

After days of negotiations, a senior separatist leader handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts early Tuesday. While on Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously demanded that armed groups controlling the crash site allow safe and unrestricted access to the wreckage.
Video

Video In Cambodia, HIV Diagnosis Brings Deadly Shame

Although HIV/AIDS is now a treatable condition, a positive diagnosis is still a life altering experience. In Cambodia, people living with HIV are often disowned by friends, family and the community. This humiliation can be unbearable. We bring you one Cambodian woman’s struggle to overcome a life tragedy and her own HIV positive diagnosis.
Video

Video Nature of Space Exploration Enters New Age

Forty-five years ago this month, the first humans walked on the moon. It was during an era of the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union. World politics have changed since then and -- as Elizabeth Lee reports -- so has the nature of space exploration.
Video

Video Chicago’s Argonne Lab Developing Battery of the Future

In 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science awarded a $120 million grant to a new technology center focused on battery development - headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago, Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there scientists are making the next technological breakthroughs in energy storage.
Video

Video In NW Pakistan, Army Offensive Causes Massive Number of Displaced

Pakistan’s army offensive in North Waziristan has resulted in the large-scale displacement of the local population. VOA's Ayaz Gul reports from northwest Pakistan where authorities say around 80 percent of the estimated 1 million internally displaced persons [IDPs] have settled in Bannu district, while much of the remaining 20 percent are scattered in nearby cities.
Video

Video Kurdish Peshmerga Force Secures Kirkuk, Its Oil

The Kurdistan regional government has sent its Peshmerga troops into the adjacent province of Kirkuk to drive out insurgents, and to secure the area's rich oil fields. By doing this, the regional government has added a fourth province to the three it officially controls. The oil also provides revenue that could make an independent Kurdistan economically strong. VOA’s Jeffrey Young went out with the Peshmerga and filed this report.
Video

Video Malaysia Reeling: Second Air Disaster in Four Months

Malaysia is reeling from the second air disaster in four months involving the country’s flag carrier. Flight 340 vanished in March and despite an extensive search, no debris has been found. And on Thursday, Flight 17, likely hit by a surface-to-air missile, came apart over eastern Ukraine. The two incidents together have left more than 500 people dead. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman reports from Kuala Lumpur.

AppleAndroid