UJOSS demands the return of equipment of Radlo Jonglei journalists.
The Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) is demanding the return of equipment belonging to three journalists working for Radio Jonglei (95.9 FM) in Bor-town.
The journalists appeared briefly before the National Security officers in the state on Friday, August 27, 2021, and their personal equipment including mobile phones were confiscated.
The journalists include Radio Jonglei (95.9fm) station manager, Matuor Mabior Anyang, Program Manager.
Ayuen Garang Kur and Editor-in-chief. Deng Gai Deng The radio station to remains close, denying the journalists access to their duty station.
These actions undermine the work of journalists, threaten and intimidate them and as well infringe on the right to freedom of expression and access to information found in South Sudan Transitional Constitution 2011 as amended Articles 24 and 32 respectively.
As a body that fights for the rights and protection of the journalists and media workers in the country, we condemn this unlawful attack on journalists and call on the Media Authority to pressure authorities in Jonglei State to release equipment of the journalists and allow the radio station to resume operations with immediate effect.
UJOSS will continue to engage with various stakeholders including Media Authority and Security organs to ensure that journalists do their work in a free environment.
OYET PATRICK CHARLES