Report – “World’s youngest country yet to embark on road to civil liberties”

first_img News December 23, 2020 Find out more South SudanAfrica Follow the news on South Sudan Online memorial and writing prize launched to mark 30th birthday of slain journalist Christopher Allen August 25, 2020 Find out more Related documents Download the report (english)PDF – 797.48 KBDownload the report (arabic)PDF – 229.19 KB News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years July 3, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Report – “World’s youngest country yet to embark on road to civil liberties” Organisation RSF welcomes UN Special Rapporteur’s statement calling for justice for Christopher Allen three years on Read in arabic / بالعربيةReporters Without Borders is today releasing a report – in English, French and Arabic – on the state of freedom of information in South Sudan, which will celebrate the first anniversary of its independence in six days’ time, on 9 July.Download the report, entitled “World’s youngest country yet to embark on road to civil liberties.” (PDF – 800 ko)Open publication – Free publishing – More southThe product of a visit to the South Sudanese capital of Juba from 9 to 15 May, it says that the divorce with Khartoum is not entirely consummated and that independence has brought no significant improvement in media freedom. It looks at the media war being waged by the two Sudans and highlights the impact of the ubiquitous, heavy-handed security forces. It also highlights a growing tendency of journalists to censor themselves, and stresses the need for laws regulating the media.Ranked 111th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, South Sudan is currently at a crossroads, the report argues.“South Sudan is not currently prey to concerted and systematic harassment of its media. But there has been a disturbing accumulation of incidents and isolated acts of repression or intimidation that end up undermining the climate in which journalists and media operate,” Reporters Without Borders said.In its conclusions, the report urges the authorities to severely punish anyone violating freedom of information and to stop using nationalistic arguments to pressure the media. It urges the military and security apparatus to put a stop to acts of brutality towards journalists. And it urges the National Legislative Assembly to quickly adopt the three media laws that were submitted by the government.Reporters Without Borders also encourages the international community to condition aid to South Sudan on respect for fundamental freedoms, especially freedom of information, and encourages NGOs to support the development of South Sudan’s media and training of journalists. And finally, it calls on South Sudan’s journalists to adhere to professional ethics and resist pressure to censor themselves.Photo : (AFP / Adriane Ohanesian) to go further RSF_en South SudanAfrica August 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img


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