South Sudan, Juba-The family of South Sudanese journalist Alfred Angashi Dominique said the National Security Agency had released him from detention but was worried about his poor health. Security agencies have detained Dominique for more than two weeks after Dominique allegedly refused to report news about a recent executive order on the South Sudan Broadcasting
South Sudan, Juba-The family of South Sudanese journalist Alfred Angashi Dominique said the National Security Agency had released him from detention but was worried about his poor health.
Security agencies have detained Dominique for more than two weeks after Dominique allegedly refused to report news about a recent executive order on the South Sudan Broadcasting System.
Dominique, a newscaster on a government-owned broadcast network, was arrested on July 4 and released on Saturday. He was diagnosed with tuberculosis a few months ago.
Cecilia Edward Dominique told VOA’s South Sudan in Focus that her brother had been arrested for refusing to read a report on President Salva Kiir’s decree, which she called an executive branch.
She said Dominique’s condition worsened because he was unable to take the drug while in Juba.
“Alfred shouldn’t stay in cold or dusty places, and there was a doctor’s recommendation that he had certain foods he shouldn’t eat, but in prison you have no choice but to do anything. His health is not. Dominique told VOA that he was complaining of general pain. He asked if he had been tortured, but said he had not been tortured in prison, “Dominique said.
The South Sudanese Journalists Union, the South Sudanese media authorities, and the South Sudanese Media Development Association have all expressed concern about Dominique’s detention.
Patrick Oye, chairman of the South Sudanese Federation of Journalists, said the release of journalists could be a learning experience for journalists across the country.
“I hope that in the future, the cooperation with the authorities will improve and the cooperation between the journalist and the authorities will improve. He said he was not feeling well before his arrest. In fact, he took the drug. I was there. [to] I was arrested because I didn’t have the medicine, so there was a gap in the medicine. “
Mr Oye said union members were visiting Alfred to check his condition.
Josephine Atiro, Executive Director of the South Sudanese Media Development Association, accused Dominique of detention and managed South Sudan Broadcasting System for allowing Dominique to be detained on issues that should be resolved within SSBC’s control. Blame the person.
She called on the media to protect their journalists.
“We blame this in very strong terms and this should not be repeated. National security or all authorities in this country need to understand that those journalists do not represent themselves. Yes. They represent silent voices. SSBC is a government-in a media house owned, they wanted us to understand if they could accept their son. Is this really very bad, “Achiro told South Sudanin Focus.
John Kumli, a spokesman for the National Security Agency of South Sudan, said he was unaware of journalists detained by the National Security Agency, focusing on South Sudan.
“So far, there is no information that national security has detained journalists, but we will look into it and contact you. My department did not receive such information from the leader, but along with other messages. As soon as I consult, I will return to all media houses. “
Based on Dominique’s salary as a civil servant, he may not be able to afford proper medical care for the treatment of his condition. Civil servants have not been paid regularly for several months. Akiro is urging Dominique’s colleagues and other organizations to deal with trauma to help Dominique recover from this experience.
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