South Sudan’s government Spokesperson, Information Minister Dr Barnaba Marial. [Gurtong| File]
By Waakhe Simon Wudu
JUBA, 02 September 2012 [Gurtong] - Most foreign newspapers imported mainly from Uganda and Kenya were banned from circulation and the government did not state the reasons for carryout the ban.
South Sudanese government Spokesperson Dr Barnaba Marial however told Gurtong on Friday that government has now opened market for the importation of the papers.
“Kenyan papers especially the Nation Media which were stopped are now permitted to without anybody stopping them,” Marial said in Juba.
“The Minister of National Security has informed his officials not to hold up these newspapers at the airport. So we expect Nation Media to bring in their papers without anybody stopping them,” he added.
However, it is not yet clear whether all the papers from East Africa will be allowed entering the country as the Minister did not clarify this.
Last month, Wau County Commissioner John Peter Miskin suspended the circulation of the Ugandan Based Red Pepper Newspaper in Wau.
Miskin gave instructions to the state security personnel to crackdown on the circulation of the paper following complaints raised by the local community who criticised the paper for publishing pornographic photos contrary to the South Sudan traditional laws and customs.