6 South Sudanese Journalists Detained For Sharing Embarrassing Video of President Wetting Himself.
Six journalists in South Sudan have been arrested and are under investigation for sharing a viral video that allegedly shows President Salva Kiir urinating on himself.
The journalists, who work for the state-run South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation, were arrested on Tuesday by agents from the National Security Service.
Media rights groups have called for their release. The incident took place in December and the video went viral on social media. The journalists are being investigated for their involvement in sharing the video.
A video posted on YouTube shows Kiir, dressed in his trademark black hat and a grey outfit at what is described as a road commissioning ceremony, with a wet substance staining his left trouser leg.
An official from SSBC quoted by independent station Radio Tamazuj said the outlet did not broadcast the footage.
The arrests match “a pattern of security personnel resorting to arbitrary detention whenever officials deem coverage unfavorable”, said CPJ’s sub-Saharan Africa representative Muthoki Mumo.
“Authorities should unconditionally release these six SSBC employees and ensure that they can work without further intimidation or threat of arrest.”
The Union of Journalists of South Sudan also called for a “speedy conclusion” of the investigation into the six, who it said were suspected of “having knowledge of the release of a certain footage to the public”.
“If there is a prima facie case of professional misconduct or offense then let authorities expedite an administrative or legal process to address the issue in a fair, transparent (manner) and in accordance with the law,” it said in a statement on Friday.
Kiir, 71, oversaw the birth of South Sudan as an independent nation after it broke free from Sudan in July 2011.
But the world’s youngest country has lurched from crisis to crisis since then, enduring brutal conflict, political turmoil, natural disasters, and hunger.
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