South Sudan: Kiir prepares ban on media organizations against covering opponent Machar

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A source from South Sudan National Security service says government is preparing a ban on all media entities in the country against interviewing and publicizing any information about exiled opposition leader Riek Machar.

According to the said directive, it is criminal for any journalist, media entity to give space to Machar who is currently holed up in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“There are orders and directives we have received from the above that no media is allowed to talk to Riek Machar and come and broadcast or print it out here inside South Sudan,” the source said on condition of anoymity.

“If you defy these directives, then the violators will not escape the longest arms of the law. They will have to face the full force of the law,” he added.

He warned journalists to be careful “especially those in the electronic media who do not comply with the policies of the government”

A popular South Sudanese radio station set up with U.S. backing was shut down reportedly over a clip of Riek Machar played in October..

The officer whose assignment does not allow him to speak to the media in an official capacity said Eye Radio station was shut down for “promoting rebellion”.

Machar, according to the clip said, “We did not see that there is an initiative from the region or the United Nations or the African Union to rescue the agreement. From our side the agreement has collapsed, or part of the government of national unity has collapsed since July events. We do not want violence.”

With Files from Sudan Tribune, Reuters