South Sudan commemorates International Day to End Impunity (IDEI) on crimes against journalists. The media fraternity reiterated calls for effective implementation of media law. It also urges the authority to hold perpetrators against the media to account and be brought to book.
This year’s theme, “Countering threats of violence and crimes against journalists to protect freedom of expression for all.”
Michael Duku, the Executive Director of the Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS), has called the government to enhance accountability across the board, promote peace, freedom of expression, and access to information.
Duku further urged the journalists to remain ethical and follow the media ethics and law to alleviate themselves.
Media Authority’s Managing Director, Elijah Aliar, says cases of Impunity against journalists have significantly reduced. “No journalists in any prison as we celebrate this day despite the record of 130 media complained.”
Aliar said the government has primary responsibility to protect journalists and ensure media operate in accordance with the law.
He encouraged the Union of Journalists to promote ethical reporting through awareness among the media practitioners.
Media authority is committed to protecting the public interest and stated in the SS constitutional 2011
Deputy Inspector of Police -James Puoch has called the journalists to stick to the law that regulates the media operation in South Sudan. Impunity is happening in isolated cases, and the government is working hard to address such matters.
“Our country transition from a conflict situation to post-conflict. That’s why unexpected impunity cases are happening. The police are working to assure that journalists need protection like any other citizens, which will help promote peaceful South Sudan.”
The IDEI was adopted at the 68th United Nations General Assembly session in 2013, which proclaimed 2nd November as the ‘International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI). The Resolution urged the Member States to implement definite measures to counter Impunity to create a conducive environment for journalists and other media professionals.
South Sudan comes forth in the recent report of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) behind Somalia, Syria, and Iraq to occupy the worst four spots on the list.
CPJ Indicated that conflict, political instability, and weak judicial mechanisms perpetuate a cycle of violence against journalists.