JUBA – The National Media Authority, a government institution tasked with overseeing media operations in South Sudan, has directed Jonglei State authorities to lift, with immediate effects, the illegal suspension of popular Radio Jonglei.
The call came a day after Jonglei State minister of information; John Samuel Manyuon suspended Radio Jonglei 95.9 for allegedly undermining the state leadership.
“Media Authority under its regulatory power and duties do hereby advise your office to lift the suspension order with immediate effect and let Radio Jonglei resume its normal transmission freely without further interferences,” Elijah Alier Kuai, Managing Director of Media Authority said in a letter seen by Sudans Post on Friday.
Alier said Radio Jonglei is community-based radio which is independent of government, political and commercial forces.
“Procedurally, any complain of media violations must be filled with the Media Authority, the regulatory body overseeing the media industry in South Sudan in accordance with Media Authority Act, 2013,” he said.
He cautioned state authorities against interfering with independent editorial policies of Radio Jonglei.
“Furthermore, authorities in Jonglei State are hereby advised to desist from interfering with independent editorial policies of media houses.”
On 24th August 2021, National security shut down the popular Radio Jonglei over claims that the People’s Coalition for Civil Action (PCCA) is using the station to promote anti-government protest plans.
Three journalists including the station’s manager were briefly detained during the operation.
On September 25, 2021, the popular station resumed operations under strict censorship following a month-long shutdown.