Through silence, the journalists in South Sudan condemned the killing of journalist Moi Peter Julius.
Moi Peter Julius, working with ‘The New Nation’, ‘The Corporate Newspaper’ and some time back as a contributor to ‘The Niles’, was shot dead on Wednesday evening, August 19, by unknown gunmen in South Sudan’s capital Juba.
His body was found on Thursday morning, August 20. The motive of the killing is unclear, and no one has been arrested so far.
[...] If anybody among [journalists] does
not know that this country has killed people, we will demonstrate it one
day on them.”
Salva Kiir Mayardit
This tragedy comes mere days after President Salva Kiir Mayardit told journalists if anybody among [journalists] does not know that this country has killed people, we will demonstrate it one day on them”.
Kiir made the statement at the airport, in the capital Juba, before flying to Addis Ababa to attend peace talks with former Vice President Riek Machar on Sunday, August 16.
The killing of Moi brings the number of journalists killed in South Sudan this year alone to seven.
Through laying down the pens, South Sudan’s journalists denounced the intolerable situation the media is faced with in the country.
An incident like this cannot be tolerated as it contributes to an atmosphere of fear and intimidation and endangers free media.
The Niles team wishes to extend sincere condolences to Moi Peter Julius’ family and friends, and we hope that our colleagues and friends in South Sudan remain safe amidst this intolerable situation.