JUBA – As part of its 2021 campaign to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) and Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) are calling on the government to take swift action to improve the state of impunity against journalists in the world’s youngest nation.
The 2021 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists highlights the instrumental role of prosecutorial services, investigating and prosecuting not only killings, but also threats of violence against journalists.
In a statement issued on Sunday, the UJOSS and CEPO expressed concern over the persistent increase in the assaults, threats, intimidations, arrests and detentions of journalists as well as closure of media houses.
UJOSS and CEPO urge authorities in South Sudan to always investigate cases involving journalists before taking actions.
“As we approach the day, we call for an end to all crimes and threats against journalists and urge all relevant stakeholders in the country, including members of the security personnel to respect the work which journalists do,” Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO said in a statement seen by Sudans Post.
“The issue of impunity against journalists in South Sudan is real and clear evidence that freedom of expression and the rights to information is still problematic in the country,” added Yakani.
The UJOSS and CEPO urge the Media Authority of South Sudan, Information Commission and the Communication Authority to take the lead towards ending impunity against journalists.
“The development of the code of conduct for journalists by the Media Authority of South Sudan is a great step towards correcting the situation of impunity against journalists. CEPO and UJOSS will partner with the Media Authority to disseminate the journalist’ code of conduct,” said Yakani.
According to the global impunity index released recently by the Committee to Protect Journalists South Sudan was ranked as one of the world’s worst countries in terms of prosecuting killers of journalists.
It shows 81% of journalist murders were not accounted for across the world in the last 10 years.
South Sudan has 5 unsolved cases of murder against journalists since September 2011.