South Sudan’s Media Landscape Has Long Path Toward Democratization

[Montréal, Québec, Canada 26°C] Media freedom since southern Sudan’s January referendum has been less than stellar. A few examples of the repression of press freedom since the referendum include:

1) The arrest of The Citizen newspaper, Editor-in_Chief, Nhial Bol for reporting about an attack on him and his driver; and the beating by security forces of one of the newspaper’s journalists for reporting about demolitions at Juba University.

2) The editor of the Juba Post was harassed and the newspaper was confiscated on March 31, 2011.

3) Bhagita Radio was threatened with closure by government officials.

4) Arabic newpapers, Al-Masir and Al-Istiqlal, both produced in the south but printed in the north were prohibited from being distributed in South Sudan.

5) U.N.-backed Miraya FM was warned by authorities to replace its staff or be shut down.

The media landscape in South Sudan is a complex one and Al Jazeera’s The Listening Post, which reports on media issues around the world, recently included a report on media freedom in the new Republic of South Sudan. The 25-minute episode begins with a report on journalist access into Syria. The situation for journalists in South Sudan follows (at 14:28).

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Categories: journalism, media issues, other's videos, press freedom

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