Uphold press freedom and pass media laws in South Sudan
We urge the South Sudanese government to uphold press freedom, refrain from the illegal torture and detention of journalists and pass laws guaranteeing the independence of the media in South Sudan.
This petition was started to call for the release Sudan Tribune journalist Peter Ngor Arol Garang who was held in custody from 4 November until 19 November 2011. Peter, and his colleague at The Destiny newspaper Dengdit Ayok, were both tortured while they were detained.
Their detention was illegal under South Sudan's constitution and is a violation of their human rights. The two independent journalists were detained by South Sudan's security services after they published an article critical of South Sudan's president, Salva Kiir.According to South Sudan’s Union of Journalists, Peter and Dengdit’s extended detention and torture was at least the ninth attack on the South Sudanese press in 2011.
Since their release Sudan Tribune decided to keep the petition going to campaign for press freedom in South Sudan.
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