Committee to Protect Journalists calls for reopening of Nation Mirror
NAIROBI (16 Sep.)
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on South Sudan’s
government to immediately reopen the Nation Mirror newspaper. Security
services ordered the independent daily to close on Wednesday
morning, according to editors.
"President Salva Kiir's government should immediately allow the Nation
Mirror to resume publication," said Murithi Mutiga, CPJ's East Africa
"South Sudan needs more, not fewer, independent and critical voices.
Preventing professional journalists from doing their work will not advance
efforts to build a democratic and stable South Sudan,"he added.
For his part, Paul Jacob Kumbo, South Sudan's director general of
information, told CPJ that he did not know why the paper was closed or how
long it would remain shuttered."This was a decision by the security
officials and I am still waiting for more information on it," he said.
The newspaper's editor, Aurelions Simon Chopee, told Radio Tamazuj that
security officials had ordered the newspaper to close, saying they were
summoned over alleged engagement in activities that are incompatible with
the newspaper's registration status.
In its most recent edition, the Nation Mirror newspaper covered a report
by The Sentry, a Washington advocacy group, which claimed that President
Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar, had amassed enormous wealth
and invested it in multimillion dollar properties abroad, while
a conflict triggered by a dispute between the pair has left many citizens
in South Sudan living in poverty.
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