Sudanese broadcaster jailed for snubbing independence

Adil Faris MayatFrom RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum, Sudan,
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – MEDIA rights groups are demanding the release of a director of South Sudan public broadcaster arrested for failure to air a live state of the nation speech by President Salva Kiir at independence day.National Security Service agents arrested Adil Faris Mayat, the executive at the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC), following the country’s sixth independence commemorated on July 9.Authorities are yet to charge Mayat.
Angela Quintal, Africa director of the Committee to Protect Journalists bemoaned government’s interference at the public broadcaster and harassment of journalists.
“We call on the government of President Kiir to release Mayat immediately and allow the SSBC and all news outlets to do their work without political interference or fear of arrest,” Quintal said.
Information Minister, Michael Makeui, said Mayat was “in conflict with the law.”
“Because Mayat works for the state broadcaster, he is a civil servant and not a journalist,” the minister said.
Since 2013, South Sudan has been entangled in a civil war that has displaced 2 million people and killed over 300 000 civilians.
Press freedom conditions have worsened during the period.
In 2015, Kiir infamously threatened to kill journalists for writing stories that went “against the country.”
The east African country has previously expelled international journalists for alleged negative reporting about South Sudan.
– CAJ News

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