JUBA – South Sudan’s National Media Authority has told journalists in the country to be careful of media laws that the government has introduced saying it is the responsibility of all the citizens to protect the right of freedom of the press.
Speaking during a one-day workshop organized by Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS), Atong Majok Kur, the Chairperson of the Media Authority said journalists should be mindful of the various media laws the government has provided.
“You hear that it is the responsibility of even individuals working in media houses to promote the freedom of expression. It is not only the government, we have role to play. It’s not only the security agencies,” Atong Majok said, according to Eye Radio.
“It is important for the journalists to be very careful about the laws that we have. I don’t know how many of us here have the Media Authority Act with them, or policies under Media Authority? Do we go through them as broadcasting media houses? Do we go through the principles of Print media? We need to go through all these in order to be well equipped to promote freedom expression,” she added.
The head of the media regulator further called on AMDISS to raise funds to facilitate the establishment of media appeal board and other committees to render legal aid to journalists and media houses.