State agents torture S.Sudan journalists
From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – A spate of kidnappings of journalists has raised concern in crisis-torn South Sudan where a newspaper reporter has been abducted, tortured and left for dead at a cemetery.
Malek Bol, a reporter for an Arabic-language daily, has been found dumped at the Gumba cemetery in the capital city Juba, three days after he went missing.
He has been found badly injured and bore the marks of torture. Bol He was burned and bruised in many places, while an arm and several ribs were broken He is in a serious condition in a Juba hospital.
It is believed the harassment is linked to an article he wrote and posted on social networks criticizing the crisis and the corruption that is undermining South Sudan’s economy.
The article alleged the involvement President Salva Kiir in corruption.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on South Sudan’s authorities to investigate and bring those responsible to trial. it is widely believed state security agents were behind the abduction and torture.
“We condemn this act of cruelty with the utmost energy and wish Malek Bol a swift recovery,” said RSF.
Bol’s abduction and torture is the latest in a series of state security agents’ crackdown on media professionals.
Freelance journalist, Isaac Vuni’s body was found two weeks ago, four months after he was abducted, while Joseph Afandi was severely beaten and burnt with plastic.
In each case, RSF called for investigations, which did not materialise.
South Sudan is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, 15 places lower than its position in the 2015 Index.
– CAJ News
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