Uphold press freedom and pass media laws in South Sudan

557 Signatures Goal: 1,000

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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South Sudan's struggle for a free press

Press Releases:

Nov 18: Amnesty International - Journalists released

Nov 9: Sudan Tribune - Detention of Sudan Tribune journalist enters second week

Nov 8: Reporters Without Borders - Authorities urged to free two journalists and reopen their newspaper

Nov 8: AMDISS - AMDISS Regrets Arrest and Detention of Destiny Editors 

Nov 7: Amnesty International - Urgent Action: Two Journalists Arrested in South Sudan

Nov 7: Committee to Protect Journalists - South Sudan security detains two journalists

Nov 7: CEPO - Juba: Freedom of Expression should prevail

Nov 5: SSHURSA - SSHURSA Demands Realease of Editor Ngor & his Deputy Dengdit and Urges Security Organs to Respect the Constitution

Nov 4: Sudan Tribune - Sudan Tribune calls for South Sudan to release journalist

Sudan Tribune articles:

Nov 18: South Sudan releases two journalists without charges

Nov 8: Amnesty International joins calls for the release of Sudan Tribune journalist

Nov 7: South Sudanese journalist released, two remain in detention

Nov 5: Human Rights Watch call for release of Sudan Tribune journalist

Nov 4: Sudan Tribune journalist arrested in Juba

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