Press Release

Chief Editor Threatened By Government Security Intelligence

Peter Gai Manyuon, Chief Editor/Nyamilepedia
Peter Gai Manyuon, Chief Editor/Nyamilepedia

March 11, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — A self-proclaimed security intelligence, who is yet to be identified, has taken it upon himself to silence Peter Gai Manyuon, the Chief Editor of Nyamilepedia.

According to Mr. Gai, who has received multiple threats from this particular number +211-922 191 889, the individual whom he believes is a security personal began calling him for an appointment last year [2014], however, the individual has lately turned to warning him for criticizing the government after he fails to secure an appointment with the journalist.

“Since last year November 2014 up to today, some one is wasting his time calling me so that i may arrange a time to meet him and am not in position to have meeting with any one ,accept my family members or the people that i know are not threat to me in my life. +211-922191889 is the number of Security Intelligent always disturbing me by calling” Gaid said.

While the individual has been calling and recording the conversation, he warns the journalist to stop criticizing Salva Kiir government on the websites or else the government will be looking for him.

“Last month, he called me on 10th of February 2015, he told me why am always criticizing government since i was a columnist of Juba Monitor, and as well the time i was working for Citizen Television -CTV in 2012.” Gai states.

“Today morning, he called me and he began telling me why am criticizing Juba Government on different websites … and my recent article on PanLuel Wel. He frankly told me, if i don’t stop writing the government will look for me like Isaiah Abraham.” he further reiterates.

“My mission as Journalist is to fight for the rights and aspirations of the people of South Sudan who are voiceless. Any one who is planing wrong things against me, will die before reaching me.” the journalist emphasizes.

Like many journalists in South Sudan, Peter Gai was arrested a couple of times before fleeing the country for his dear life.

He was arrested in December 2013 at the military headquarters at Giyeda in Juba, South Sudan, for nearly one week. He was later released, like many other cases, without charges or any judicial proceeding.

Gai has been in Juba since 2012, working for various media houses. In 2012, Gai reports for Citizen Television from May to August before he became a Communication Specialist for South Sudan Law Society in August that year.

As a columnist with Juba Monitor, Gai began a column entitled, “Educating the Nation”, which was forcefully shutdown by the security forces in July 2013 as the only way to save the Monitors’ News papers from being banned in the country.

The war against journalists in South Sudan is never new, at least to the citizens. Many news papers have been shutdown and journalists arrested, killed or fled the country. A balanced journalism is considered a crime by the ruling elites.

The spokesman and the minister of information has made it abundantly clear that only government accounts of stories must be released, otherwise, anyone who goes against such undocumented rule must be arrested and charged.

Other Nyamilepedia editors have been threatened by government officials including the military spokesman, Col. Philip Aguer, who threatened Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yout, who writes intensively on political and social issues facing the country.

Nyamilepedia will investigate to get more information on these particular threats and intimidation .

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Gatluak luk March 11, 2015 at 4:14 am

Peter Gai my advice to you is don’t ignore that threat . because the government in juba it doesn’t know the right of journalist such a security can lost your life don’t met him totally. they don’t want their wrong things that they are doing to be display in the media outlets.

Goweng Torbaar March 11, 2015 at 5:53 am

Keep it up please, being hero begins like that, be brave and don’t joke on them just ignore what ever they wrote or any threat to you. A Camel always follow its way even though dogs keep barking

Moses Gatkuoth March 11, 2015 at 9:20 am

When no justice in the country what do you expects Gai as a chief Editor who is feeling that there is needs to preach justice in country like ours is risk .you pays all to come because leadership that do not accept freedom of expression , no rights grands for others to have room to tell their rights the all things work out side international human right norms and we still said we are keeping rules of laws

tape March 13, 2015 at 1:04 am

Dr Riek machr, will build pure democratic system of governance in south Sudan his a man who have confidence.dignity respect of human rights. to do this pure democratic system. is by introducing federal system of governance let us support him and rebuild the future of south Sudan again.
2. Majority Rule, Minority Rights

Civil-Military Relations
Political Parties
Citizen Responsibilities
A Free Press
Rule of Law
Human Rights
Executive Power
Legislative Power
An Independent Judiciary
Freedom of Speech
Government Accountability
Free and Fair Elections
Freedom of Religion
The Rights of Women and Girls
Governing by Coalitions and Compromise
The Role of Nongovernmental Organizations
Education and Democracy

Free and Fair Elections
Free and fair elections allow people living in a representative democracy to determine the political makeup and future policy direction of their nation’s government.
• Free and fair elections increase the likelihood of a peaceful transfer of power. They help to ensure that losing candidates will accept the validity of the election’s results and cede power to the new government.
• Elections alone do not assure democracy since dictators can use the resources of the state to tamper with the election process.
• Free and fair elections require:
° Universal suffrage for all eligible men and women to vote — democracies do not restrict this right from minorities, the disabled, or give it only to those who are literate or who own property.
° Freedom to register as a voter or run for public office.
° Freedom of speech for candidates and political parties — democracies do not restrict candidates or political parties from criticizing the performance of the incumbent.
° Numerous opportunities for the electorate to receive objective information from a free press.
° Freedom to assemble for political rallies and campaigns.
° Rules that require party representatives to maintain a distance from polling places on election day — election officials, volunteer poll workers, and international monitors may assist voters with the voting process but not the voting choice.
° An impartial or balanced system of conducting elections and verifying election results — trained election officials must either be politically independent or those overseeing elections should be representative of the parties in the election.
° Accessible polling places, private voting space, secure ballot boxes, and transparent ballot counting.
° Secret ballots — voting by secret ballot ensures that an individual’s choice of party or candidate cannot be used against him or her.
° Legal prohibitions against election fraud — enforceable laws must exist to prevent vote tampering (e.g. double counting, ghost voting).
° Recount and contestation procedures — legal mechanisms and processes to review election processes must be established to ensure that elections were conducted properly.
• Voting methods — varying by country and even within countries — include:
° Paper ballots — votes are marked on or punched through paper.
° Ballots with pictures of candidates or party symbols so that illiterate citizens may cast the correct vote.
° Electronic systems — voters use touch-screen or push-button machines.
° Absentee ballots — allowing those who will not be able to vote on Election Day to cast their ballots prior to the election.

Citizen Participation. One of the most basic signposts of a democracy is citizen participation in government. …
Equality. Democratic societies emphasize the principle that all people are equal. …
Political Tolerance. …
Accountability. …
Transparency. …
Regular, Free and Fair Elections. …
Economic Freedom. …
Control of the Abuse of Power.
Right to life
Freedom from torture and inhuman or degrading treatment
Right to liberty and security
Freedom from slavery and forced labour
Right to a fair trial
No punishment without law
Respect for your private and family life, home and correspondence
Freedom of thought, belief and religion
Freedom of expression
Freedom of assembly and association
Right to marry and start a family
Protection from discrimination in respect of these rights and freedoms
Right to peaceful enjoyment of your property
Right to education
Right to participate in free elections

tape March 13, 2015 at 1:12 am

March 6, 2015
AU investigators found South Sudan capital was ‘ethnically cleansed’
The African Union Commission of Inquiry found that violence in South Sudan’s capital city in December 2013 “resulted in a mass slaughter and effective ethnic cleansing of the Nuer population of Juba,” according to a draft version of the AU commission.
The report cites allegations of hate speech by President Salva Kiir and suggests in a section headed ‘Who were the killers?’ that many killings were carried out by “a body of irregulars” who had been brought to Kiir’s private farm near Juba and to his guard headquarters in Juba in the days immediately prior to the killings.
Mass killings began in Juba on 16 December after a clash within the presidential guards the previous night and following two days of tense political deliberations in which Kiir berated his rival Riek Machar – an ethnic Nuer – for “behaviour tantamount to indiscipline.”
The leaked African Union document – a draft of a commission report that the AU has decided to keep confidential – stated that a “killing spree” in Juba from 16-18 December left alive few Nuer besides those who fled to UN compounds.
The AU report focuses on the period of 16-18 December as the first of “two phases” of extreme violence. It also looks at the “second phase” of violence including revenge killings as violence spread beyond the capital into other states.
“Juba is settled along ethnic lines, and the killings took place in Nuer residential areas, as a house to house operation,” reads the document.
“The violence ethnically cleansed the city of Juba of its Nuer population. The motive of this violence was political: the violence, which originated as a schism in the governing elite of South Sudan, targeted one particular ethnicity, the Nuer.”
“Its intent and effect was to divide the civilian population along ethnic lines, to destroy the middle ground, thereby to polarize the society into ‘us’ and ‘them.’ An IDP at the UNMISS compound in Juba 3, told the Commission: ‘They put a knife into what bound us, turned the crisis from political to ethnic.’”
According to the document, “The violence in Juba targeted one nationality, the Nuer. Those who survived either fled the town by motorized transport, or those who ran on foot to the UNMISS compound.”
The document mentions not only killings but also other barbarous acts: “The gratuitous degradation of one’s humanity was a marked feature in many of the incidents of brutality narrated to us,” reads the report, going on to quote a survivor as saying, “I have seen people being forced to eat other humans. Soldiers kill one of you and ask the other to eat the dead one. Women are raped, people burnt.”
In the months after the killings, people in Juba seized the houses and properties of Nuers who had been killed or fled. The AU document reports “mass appropriation of property, such as the grabbing of houses in urban areas (particularly Juba), and land in the countryside, following large-scale ethnic cleansing.”
Allegations of hate speech
The inquiry commission noted that President Salva Kiir undertook a tour of his native Bahr el Ghazal in the period prior to the December violence and gave public speeches that were televised on South Sudan Television.
“These speeches, focused on his reasons for sacking Dr. Machar and the cabinet, became the focus of a growing public debate as more and more voices called for an end to ‘hate speeches,’” reads the AU draft report.
The Commission was unable to get transcripts of these speeches or videotapes.
In interviews with army officers and other sources, the AU Inquiry Commission found that military forces afterwards were ordered not to investigate the killings that had taken place.
A senior army officer stated, “Back to killing of 17th and 18th and why there was no attempt to counter the organized killing… To investigate the killing, we arrested some officers… We took all their statements. They were 12 officers. We were going up to Colonel. We were stopped, asked not to continue with the investigation.”
The SPLA officer was quoted as saying, “We handed all papers to the National Commission of inquiry. We were stopped by a decree.”
In a section headed “Who were the killers?” the AU draft document states, “The Commission received three different responses to the question: Who carried out the killing of Nuer civilians in Juba from December 16 to 18?”
“The most widespread explanation was that the body of killers was a body of irregulars recruited in two districts of Bahr el Gazal by the current Chief of Staff who was then Governer of Northern Bahr al Gazal and ran the party branch in the district.”


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