Nine journalists killed since 2011
The already fragile situation of journalists in this young country, created in 2011, has only been worsened by a civil war that began in late 2013. Forced by the government to remain silent on issues linked to the conflict, the media are very sparing in their reporting on important developments. President Salva Kiir’s verbal threats against journalists in August 2015 were followed three days later by reporter Peter Moi’s murder. At least Nine journalists have been killed since 2001, including Isaac Vuni who was kidnapped in June 2016 and whose body was found in a farm near Kerepi in September 2016. Harassment, arbitrary detention, torture, or execution-style murder is the price that journalists pay for not censoring themselves. Some have preferred to flee the country or, like the editor of The Citizen, simply close their publications.
140 in 2016
44.87 in 2016