Push for press freedom in the South Sudan talks


By JOSEPH ODUHA
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South Sudan journalists want media freedom included in the country’s peace negotiations.

The journalists are of the opinion that media freedom in the mediation would ensure a conducive environment for practitioners during and after the transitional period.

“It is important that press freedom is included in the talks for issues of accountability and transparency. Inclusivity of voices is vital,” said Mr Kizito Oketa Modes, a South Sudanese media scholar.

“Voices that are not heard shall be heard, especially those of the minority groups.”

“I think a press clause is important in this agreement, because whatever positions our leaders are apportioning to themselves will need some public input,” said Mr Emmanuel Monchol, the Editor-In-Chief of The Dawn daily.

“The…

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