Journalists Detained In South Sudan Over President Kiir Video

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Six journalists have been detained by South Sudan security forces over footage of the country’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, urinating on himself. The journalists are under investigation for allegedly leaking a video clip widely circulated on social media in December, which show the president urinating on himself.

JUBA JANUARY 7: Six journalists have been detained by South Sudan security forces over footage of the country’s president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, apparently urinating on himself, the Union of Journalist of South Sudan (UJOSS) has reported.

On Tuesday, January 3, agents with the National Security Service detained six journalists with the state-run South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation.

The journalists are under investigation for allegedly leaking a video clip widely circulated on social media in December, which appeared to show the country’s president urinating on himself, those reports said. SSBC did not air that footage, an official from the broadcaster told the independent outlet Radio Tamazuj.

– “Authorities’ arrests of six employees of the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation matches a pattern of security personnel resorting to arbitrary detention whenever officials deem coverage unfavorable,” said CPJ’s sub-Saharan Africa representative, Muthoki Mumo. “Authorities should unconditionally release these six SSBC employees and ensure that they can work without further intimidation or threat of arrest.”

Those detained are control room director Joval Tombe, camera operator and technician Victor Lado, camera operators Joseph Oliver and Jacob Benjamin, camera operator and technician Mustafa Osman, and control room technician Cherbek Ruben, according to the media reports and the people who spoke to CPJ.

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