The Pakistan Press Foundation has written to President Salva Kiir Mayardit over the “killings and constant harassment of journalists in South Sudan”.
The letter by the Foundation’s Secretary General, Owais Aslam Ali, urges the government to “end the high rate of impunity and book the perpetrators’’ as well as to stop shutting down media outlets.
According to the Association for Media Development in South Sudan, since December 2013, at least 12 journalists have been murdered for carrying out their professional duties.
Recently, freelance journalist Isaac Vuni, who had been kidnapped three months earlier at his home by gunmen, was found dead on a farm. In July, journalist John Gatluk of Radio Community, and cameraman Kamula Duro of the Office of the President were killed.
This is the way the statistics stack up:
§ At least 27 journalists were arrested — some were later released while others are still in detention.
§ Of seven media outlets that were shut down, only two have reopened.
§ Three journalists were kidnapped, detained in unknown location, tortured and later dumped near graveyards.
§ Two kidnapped journalists are still missing.
§ A number of journalists have fled the country for fear of their lives.
§ Forty-five cases of intimidation of both media houses and individual journalists have been recorded.
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