27 May 2020

 

Serious About Reforms President Kiir And R-TGoNU?

"Such a broadcaster will not giving fair opportunity for opposition parties to criticise the government where and when necessary or publicise their policies for public consumption."

Here is one suggestion
By Jacob J Akol

In a multi-party democracy, a government should not have control of a broadcaster: radio, television or both, funded by the public. Such broadcaster becomes nothing but propaganda platform for the party in power.

Such a broadcaster will not giving fair opportunity for opposition parties to criticise the government where and when necessary or publicise their policies for public consumption.

You cannot have fair play and fair democratic elections under such circumstances.

A government may have a ministry of information or a spokesperson but not a broadcaster or a print publication funded by the public. A public broadcaster, funded by the public should be open to all political parties in a liberal democracy.
 

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27/02/2020, 12:46 PM
 - Posted by Jacob Akol
This was my understanding with Dr John Garang and Dr Samson Kwaje when I met them in Nibasha in 2003. As Minister of Information and Broadcasting in the Government of Southern Sudan, Dr Kwaje continued that understanding with me as Chairman of AMDISS. It was this understanding that South Sudan's Media laws were crafted: Radio and Television would not be under Ministry of Information: they would be owned by the public as a public service. Minister Makuei and other Khartoumers in government, having never experienced a government without radio and television, derided the idea. So I and colleagues at AMDISS were shocked when Uncle Makuei, after fighting AMDISS tooth and nail in parliament, was appointed Minister of Information and Broadcasting. If the R-TGoNU wants and is serious about reforms, they should start with this ministry right away to level ground for all political parties in the next elections.
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