JUBA – South Sudan government has blocked access to the Sudans Post website in some parts of the capital Juba, several users who haven’t been able to access the website said.
It is not clear when the blocking became effective, but several users who spoke to Sudans Post this afternoon said they haven’t been able to access the website since June 11, 2020.
“For the last one week and something, I haven’t visited the website because when I visited the website, it reads that the website is blocked by the National Media Authority and sometimes says ‘this site cannot be reached’,” the Sudans Post reader said from Juba.
However, some users near the ministry complex said they were unable to access the website, but have since accessed it, while users in most parts of Tongping, 107, Gudele, UN PoC, and Jebel could not access the website.
In a phone call this afternoon, information minister Michael Makuei denied the reports and said they were “baseless and no website is being blocked in Juba and the entire country.”
Government censorship in South Sudan has become rampant in recent years. In 2017, the government blocked access to Nyamilepedia, Sudan Tribune, Radio Tamazuj, and Paanluel Wel.
Despite earlier admission of the blocking, the government spokesman man denies up to now that some websites are being blocked in the country.
An editor-in-chief for Sudans Post said the organization condemns the government action saying “it undermines the implementation of the revitalized peace agreement which protects the freedom of the press and the rights of the journalists to do their job.”
“There is a need for the government to reverse its decision on the blocking and grant access to our readers who do not afford to buy a newspaper daily for 150 pounds.”