South Sudan bars foreign media

sudan journosFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan,KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – MEDIA groups are angered by South Sudan’s decision to ban some 20 foreign journalists from working in the country.The ban is the latest infringement in a country where journalists have been killed in their work since the conflict in 2013.
Elijah Alier, the head of the country’s media authority, disclosed the ban in a radio interview this week.He accused the journalists of writing “unsubstantiated and unrealistic” stories that “insulted or degraded South Sudan and its people.”
Clea Kahn-Sriber, the head of Africa Reporters Without Borders (RWB), said, “This vague and alarming statement is clearly aimed at deterring both foreign and South Sudanese journalists from criticizing South Sudan in their reporting.”He called on authorities to lift the ban on the journalists from ten countries.“A bad situation doesn’t go away just because you refuse to look at it head-on.”Eight journalists have been killed since the civil war.Several have been arrested, tortured and left for dead.Media censor themselves. Many journalists have had to shut down media outlets or flee the country.
South Sudan is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in (RWB) 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 20 places since 2015.
– CAJ News

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