The Egyptian Ambassador has urged South Sudanese journalists to protect the country’s image and prioritize nation-building in news reporting.
The diplomat says the negatives perception damage the image of South Sudan’s reputation globally due to the political dynamic, which he said should be corrected.
Dr. Mohamed Mansur, an Egyptian Ambassador to South Sudan, spokes to the journalist on Tuesday in Juba.
The Ambassador acknowledged challenges facing journalists include security situations and limitation of resources to perform their work.
He reiterated the country had suffered a lot, and journalists should focus on essential areas to unite the nation through constructive reporting.
“I think South Sudanese journalists need to give particular focus on ideas and challenges like nation-building. Like correcting the image of South Sudan. The image of South Sudan you like it or has suffered a lot because of civil war, and you need to work on this”.
It would be best if you told the world the civil war is finish in South Sudan. South Sudan now does not have civil war anymore”. It does have some violence here and there. It does have some problems; in the end, you should be objectives. So, correcting the image of South Sudan is a big challenge that I invited all journalists to address.”
Mansur believed that using positive reporting is an alternative way to change the notion of others about South Sudan.
The chairperson of the South Sudan Union of Journalists, Oliver Mondi, is confident that most journalists are constructive despite numerous media industry problems in South Sudan.
He said several government officials in the country are against media reporting, forcing many journalists to leave the profession due to restrictions and fears.
In December, Egypt sponsored the training, both private and government media, from South Sudan as part of bilateral relations between Cairo and Juba.