03.11.2016 - UNESCO Office in Juba

2016 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists commemoration in South Sudan

The 2016 International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in South Sudan was marked by raising awareness and foster debate and encourage dialogues on the issue. Radio Miraya (a UN radio station in South Sudan owned and run by UNMISS) and Eye Radio (an independent radio that broadcasts in English, Simple Arabic and in seven local languages) hosted panel discussions related to safety of journalists and the danger of impunity in South Sudan.

Panelists participating in these discussions were drawn from various media development actors such as UNESCO, Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS), and Association of Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS), End Impunity, and Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) and representatives from relevant government departments including the police services.

Miraya Breakfast Show hosted an interactive panel discussion:  “Best practices to ensure safety and end impunity for crimes committed against Journalists in South Sudan.” The three panelists who participated in the discussions were:  Awol Endris, UNESCO Education Specialist, Oliver Modi, Chairperson of the Union of Journalists ofSouth Sudan (UJOSS) and Brigadier Daniel Justin, Spokesperson of the South Sudan National Police Service.

Please see link below of the panel discussion as it happened at Radio Miraya.


The panelists concluded that it is time for the government, the media, security forces and the citizens take more concrete actions to protect journalists and punish those who commit crimes against them.

The video message from the ADG Communication and Information, Frank La Rue, on the day was shared and played by different radio stations in South Sudan. Please see link below.


Different newspapers published Ms. Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General message for the day, and Frank La Rue, UNESCO ADG CI Op-ed   and an article by Ms. Kuyang Harriet Logo Mulukwat, a South Sudanese Lawyer and Lecturer at the College of Law and the Center for Peace and Development Studies at the University of Juba entitled “End Impunity against Journalists in South Sudan and honor their work.”

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