South Sudan

South Sudan

String of murders since 2011

The already fragile situation of journalists in this young country, created in 2011, has been magnified by a civil war that began in late 2013. Forced by the government to avoid covering issues linked to the conflict, the media are very sparing in their reporting on important developments. In 2015, President Salva Kiir’s verbal threats against journalists who worked “against their country” were followed by the murder of reporter Peter Moi in Juba just three days later. Four months after Isaac Vuni, a reporter for The Sudan Tribune and The Juba Monitor, was kidnapped in June 2016, his body was found at a farm near Kerepi. Harassment of the foreign media increased dramatically in 2017. The Al-Jazeera bureau in Juba was closed indefinitely in May, twenty foreign journalists considered too critical of the government were banned from working in South Sudan in June, and a US freelance war reporter was killed covering conflict between government forces and rebels in August. At least ten journalists have been killed since 2011. Harassment, arbitrary detention, torture, or execution-style murder is the price that journalists pay for refusing to censor themselves. Some have fled the country or simply closed their publications.

145
in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

-5

140 in 2016

Global score

+3.29

44.87 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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