Media Blackout in S. Sudan

Media Blackout in S. SudanMedia Blackout in S. Sudan

Media houses in Juba, South Sudan, decided on Friday to stage a media blackout for 24 hours in protest of the killing of journalist Peter Julius Moi.

The Corporate Weekly and former New Nation reporter was found shot death on the road to his home on Thursday morning, DW reported.

His killing brings the number of journalists murdered in South Sudan this year to seven. His mobile phone and money were not taken.

The murder also comes barely a week after South Sudanese President Salva Kiir issued a threat to kill journalists, before flying to peace talks in Addis Ababa.

“Freedom of the press does not mean you work against your country … If anybody among them [journalists] does not know that this country has killed people, we will demonstrate it one day, one time.”

At a meeting Friday following the funeral for Peter Julius Moi, representatives from media houses discussed how to respond to the killing.

“No newspaper comes out (on Saturday) and all the radio stations will halt operations for 24 hours,” Alfred Taban, chairman of the Association for Media Development in South Sudan, said.

Five journalists were killed in January when unidentified gunmen opened fire on an official convoy in South Sudan’s western Bahr Al-Ghazal State. Six other people were also killed in the attack.