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Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 17:03
The relationship between Journalists and law enforcement agents has improved compared to previous years. That’s according to the South Sudan’s Media Authority Managing Director.
 
Elijah Alier Kuai told reporters on Tuesday that the improvement is due to a better understanding between journalists and security agents.
 
The forum titled “media landscape, towards a better understanding of the media laws” was organised by The Association of Media Women in South Sudan in collaboration with Journalists for Human Rights with support from the Canadian Embassy in Juba.
 
Cases of journalists being harassed or intimated has decreased and security personnel are now aware that journalists are protected by laws” he adds.
 
Alier says the Media Authority is now handling incidents reported of Journalists being harassed to regulate the sector.
 
There have been some changes in the relationship between media practitioners and security organs, confirms, Oliver Modi Philip, Chairman Union of Journalists of South Sudan or UJOSS.
 
He admits that incidents of harassment of journalists have reduced.
 
Head of Human Rights Unit in the UN Mission in South Sudan or UNMISS, Eugene Nindorera, agrees there is an improvement.
 
But, he however says, there is still a long way to go in terms of improving the legal structure that protects journalists.
 
South Sudan’s ongoing civil war has claimed tens of thousands of lives and forced more than four million people to leave their homes since it began in December 2013. It is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.
 
According to International Press Institute’s Death Watch, at least nine journalists have lost their lives in connection with their work since fighting broke out. The most recent case is that of American freelance journalist Christopher Allen, who was killed in the country in August 2017 during a battle between government troops and rebel fighters.
 

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