UJOSS, Machar discuss protection of journalists

UJOSS, Machar discuss protection of journalists
The Chairperson of Union of Journalists in South Sudan (UJOSS) Oyet Patrick (right) and the First Vice President Dr Riek Machar during a meeting with journalists in Juba (photo credit: UJOSS)

The Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJoSS) has appealed to provide favorable working conditions for practicing journalists.

The group met with the First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar yesterday in his office in Juba and discussed the challenges facing journalists in the country.

The meeting comes in the wake of preparation for the celebration of the international day to end impunity against the journalists.

The Chairperson of the Union of Journalists in South Sudan, Oyet Patrick, said it is the first time that the union has engaged the top leadership of the country.

 “It is the first time that [the] top leadership of the country is engaging with the Union of Journalists [to] look into the problems that are facing the journalists. We are very happy with the meeting that we held with the First Vice President,” Oyet told The City Review on a telephone interview.

 “We urge other government institutions and the agencies to continue to engage with us to improve dialogue that will understand ourselves and make our work as the journalists in this country very easy,” Oyet appealed. 

He said Dr. Machar was ready to support the journalists and to listen to them in case of any challenges facing them.

“The First Vice President told us that there are many young journalists in the country who are facing the issue of unemployment and the government is working to address it comprehensively,” Oyet said.

On his part, the acting press secretary in the office of the First Vice President and Director for Information and Public Relation, Puok Both Baluang said the government through his boss was ready to table the issue concerning youth unemployment including journalists to the council of ministers.

Empowering the press

“Media is the fourth arm of the government the First Vice President met them to hear from them so that they can come up with the compressive report to be tabled in the council of ministers so that the government will be in a position to address youth unemployment in South Sudan,” said Baluang.

On August 3, 2021, South Sudan National Security Service (NSS) stopped a press conference organized by the media fraternity at the facilities of the Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) in Juba on the grounds that it was “lacking authorization and clearance’’.

Journalists from different media houses in South Sudan were ordered to leave the conference hall a few minutes after the event commenced.