Title: South Sudan security orders to shut down a newspaper
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 01-17-2015, 04:23 PM
Khartoum-SudaneseOnline-Editor of South Sudan’s the Juba Monitor newspaper, Alfred Taban, said that that National Security Service ordered his staff to shut down his paper over reports that the government considered "against the system."
Taban said on Friday that the paper's editorial director was ordered Thursday to come to National Security headquarters.
"When she went, they told her that they have decided to close down the Juba Monitor -- my newspaper -- because, they said, there were two articles that were very much against the system," Taban said.
Taban said even reports about events in Warrap state, which is where Mr. Kiir hails from, are viewed by the National Security Service as an attack on the president.
He said the same journalist who was taken to task for saying the conflict has an ethnic dimension was criticized for a story in which the security forces said the writer accused "... the people of Warrap of neglecting their own people in the state," Taban said.
"They say these two articles are very bad and that means Juba Monitor is completely against the system and they have decided to close it down,” the paper's editor said.
Taban is reported to have apologized for the two articles and was allowed to publish the paper on Friday. He called on the United States to pressure the government to stop interfering with the work of South Sudanese journalists and to respect their right to a free speech.