South Sudan journalist flees Juba following threats, vows to continue anti-Bashir campaign

Al-Watan Newspaper editor-in-chief Michael Christopher (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

January 29th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudan journalist and Al-Watan newspaper editor-in-chief, Michael Christopher, has fled the country claiming he did so because he was threatened several times by people he did not named.

Christopher who is currently in the Egyptian capital Cairo told the Paris based Radio France Internationale or RFI that he has been threatened for reporting what is exactly taking place in the neighboring Sudan.

“We have not been spreading fake news. We were reporting the truth about what is happening on the streets of Sudan,” he said from Cairo where he is now based after fleeing Juba.

“Everything we reported was true. We saw how President Omar al-Bashir was attacking the people of Sudan, people who were demonstrating peacefully,” he added.

He said Al-Bashir is using diplomacy to sell to the world the narrative that the situation in Sudan which has been volatile since December last year is under control.

“He is using shuttle diplomacy to prove to the world that he has the crisis in Sudan under control,”  Christopher said of recent visits to Qatar and Egypt by Al-Bashir.

On whether he will cease writing or not,  Christopher vowed: “We are going to continue to tell the truth with clarity and honesty. We will not let the people of Sudan down.”