JUBA — A South Sudanese journalist working for the state-run South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) has been arrested by the National Security Service (NSS) for allegedly refusing to anchor news on presidential decrees on the reconstitution of the Transitional Council of State.
Speaking to Sudans Post exclusively on Wednesday evening, an SSBC employee who refused not to be named said journalist Alfred Angasi Dominic was arrested after he requested to be given a day off because his wife was sick which he said was translated by some colleagues as a refusal to read the news on the president’s decrees.
“He was arrested almost three weeks ago because he was taken as if he was refusing to anchor news on the decrees for the appointment of the members of the Council of State. His wife was sick and he requested a day off, but they thought he was refusing to read the presidential decree and then a few days later he was arrested,” the SSBC employee told Sudans Post on condition of anonymity.
The employee further revealed that after talks were held between the SSBC management and the National Security Service, an agreement was made that he is released last Thursday, July 15, 2021, but was not later on released because the person who arrested him was on leave and it was a tradition if the person who arrested someone is not available, the arrested person is not released.
“The SSBC management spoke to the national security and they eventually agreed to released him the next day, that was last Thursday, however, they didn’t release him and the reason we hear is that the security operative who arrested him was not there because they have a culture that if the person who arrested someone is not there, he cannot be released unless he returned from where he is,” he said.
“So, it is not clear when he will return back,” the employee added.