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Give Journalists freedom for South Sudan to grow, says Bishop Santo

Tuesday 16 February 2016, by SIGNIS

Juba, Brussels, February 16th, 2016 (AMECEA/SIGNIS). The Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba, His Lordship, Santo Loku Pio says the government should ensure that the media houses work without difficulties to enlighten South Sudanese on reconciliation. He further said that journalists should be given their freedom to fully inform the citizens for the nation to grow.

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Santo Loku Pio

He was speaking during the celebration of the tenth anniversary of Radio Bakhita on Monday 8th February at St Joseph’s Parish in Juba. In his address he highlighted the need to teach South Sudanese’ to know the importance and dignity of human being.

He called on journalists to continue playing a big role to combat tribalism and nepotism in the country. His sentiments were echoed by Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin, the National Alliance Chairman who said that the court of law should be the one controlling journalists, not security organs. “If you deny people the freedom of expression, you are inciting them to cause chaos, says Dr. Lam.

The Chairman says the National Alliance participation in the transitional government will work to handle the current economic situation. The Alliance will also ensure that the coming government respects human rights and the basic laws, he pledged.

Meanwhile, UNESCO, National Ministry of Information and the Embassy of Sweden on Thursday 11th February launched women and youth radio listener clubs in Rumbek.

Women and youth listener clubs received four bicycles, ten radio sets and four mobile phones. The clubs also received four digital audio recorders, rechargeable batteries and units.

UNESCO and the Swedish International Development Agency established two women and two youth radio listener clubs in Rumbek and Wau.

The clubs support Radios Voice of Hope in Wau and Good News in Rumbek to provide a platform for access to information and freedom of expression. The clubs also give community dialogue and engage with the decision makers for the women and youth.

Similar initiatives are also underway in Pibor and Awerial and will be replicated throughout all the states.

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