22 Jun 2018

 

Yei Bishop Appeals For Press Freedom In South Sudan

The bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Yei is appealing for promotion of press freedom across South Sudan.

Yei Bishop Appeals For Press Freedom In South Sudan
Bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Yei, Hillary Luate Adeba [Gurtong file photo]

By Daniel Friday Martin

YEI, 08 March 2018 [Gurtong]–Hillary Luate Adeba says the media promotes an important role in peace building, reconciling communities and advocates for the rights of the marginalized people in the communities.

“As Yei River State or the nation at large, we need to ensure that that the press / media is respected, supported and protected because without the media we will leave in a dark world. I also believe that media is a tool that can be properly used to propagate messages of peace, reconciliation, humanitarian assistance and speaking on behalf of the voiceless in our societies or communities” he said.

Hillary is calling on the government to ensure that there is press freedom. “It’s not good to hear journalists being arrested or detained for telling the truth. The truth must be spoken out so that we all build a transformed nation” he added.

The prelate also urges journalists or reporters to stick to their ethics of accuracy, fairness and balanced information delivery to the people.

“We are at a situation of crisis and I also want to urge our media workers to really make maximum use of the radio stations or news papers to ensure that they have a role to preach messages of peace, love peaceful co-existence, reconciliation and positive developments in the country. Don’t concentrate on negatives most of the times, there are good things that can be talked about to change the mindset of the people in our communities” Bishop Adeba stressed.

Meanwhile, Yei River State Information Minister, Alfred Kennedy Duku, says the State government is ready to ensure that there is freedom of speech and expression in the State.
“The constitution of the country has stipulated very clearly that there is need for freedom of expression and respect for media. For us in the State we will work to respect the rights and freedom of expression but the freedom of speech and expression should not create hate and violence” he added.

Alfred noted that the State government will not allow media houses working to creating violence, preaching hate and disuniting communities. “The role of the media is also to promote peace and reconciliation but not violence and as a Government we will not allow that to happen” he lamented.

Alfred praised media houses and reporters in Yei for working hard towards peace and reconciliation amidst the difficult economic and political challenges. He appeals to the media houses in the area to remain committed to their work and serve the public with accurate information.


 

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