April 12, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– Latest reports from South Sudan’s capital, Juba, confirm that the National Security has detained more than 30 media personals within the last two hours.
According to reliable sources, the government intents to prevent media activities and popular welcoming of SPLM/SPLA Deputy Chairman, 1st Lieutenant General Alfred Lado Gore, who is expected to arrive in Juba this afternoon leading 61 high profiles delegates of the armed Opposition.
Among the arrested SPLM/SPLA-IO media secretariat include Sirir Gabrial, Lam John and 15 others.
According to eye witnesses, the journalists have been detained at the Operation department of National Security ISB near migration office.
William Ezekiel, Spokeman of SPLM-IO in Juba, said the journalists were severally beaten for announcing the coming of SPLM/SPLA-IO Deputy Chairman, Alfred Lado Gore.
“They are sixteen in number. They have been severely beaten. They started beating them right away when they were arrested,” Ezekiel said.
In response, Ateny Wek Ateny, the presidential spokesman, confirmed the unauthorized detention of SPLM/SPLA-IO media team.
Ateny pledges they were detained for announcing the arrival of SPLM/SPLA Deputy Chairman, 1st. Lt. Gen. Alfred Lado Gore, on unsafe streets of Juba at night.
“the truth in this is the fact that the so called Media Team of the SPLM/A IO in Juba were just summoned for questioning. They just went outdoors to announce on loudspeakers the expected arrival of the IO deputy Chair Alfred Lado Gore without prior permission which is even prerequisite in the administration of proper security arrangement.” Ateny said.
“They were moving all night announcing without even taking care of the fact that they may run into an isolated problem as Juba is known with lots of unauthorized activities.” he continued.
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Ateny, who speaks for the SPLM-IG blames the SPLM/SPLA-IO for conducting its activities without seeking permission from the government security department.
On Saturday Ateny warned against public reception of SPLM/SPLA-IO leaders for what he terms as “security reasons”.
Broadcasted by the government owned SSTV, Michael Makuei Lueth, the Minister of Information and Broadcasting, warned JMEC against facilitating the first meeting of President Salva Kiir and the First Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
Other government officials, including the Chief of General Staff for the SPLA-IG, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, have sparked controversial debates and hate speech in the last few days for ordering fresh attacks on the oppositions while decampaigning Dr. Riek Machar’s leadership.
South Sudan has been imposing media censorship since its independent. While at least 10 journalists have been reportedly killed in the last two years of civil war, many others have been arrested and released without charges.