UN scribe among detained journos in Sudan

south-sudanFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – MEDIA rights groups have expressed concern at the crackdown on journalists in South Sudan, the world’s newest country suffering unprecedented crisis.
In the latest crusade, government soldiers have arrested three media professionals, including one from a United Nations radio station, while covering a protest by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) against the arrest of the UN staff member.
They were detained for five hours when they went to cover the story at the John Garang Mausoleum in Juba.
“Even if they were detained for only three minutes that is bad enough. They should not be detained at all,” said Association for Media Development in South Sudan chairman, Alfred Taban.
The media association plans to lodge a complaint with government.
UNMISS spokesperson, Daniel Dickinson, said the detention of the trio was in violation of agreements signed between the UN and South Sudan.
Journalists in the country are facing growing pressure with some reporters killed or detained and media houses closed.
A civil war soon after South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 has killed 300 000 civilians and displaced 3 million, representing a quarter of the population.

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