Activist pleas for financial grant to Media unit
By Wek Atak
Edmund Yakani the Executive director for Community Empowerment for progress Organisation reiterated that financingnews media outlets in South Sudan has become problematic making it to become passively sustainable.
He said, News media was sometimes called the Fourth Estate or the branch of the government since it allows the public to make informed decisions and holding leaders accountable towards affairs of the public domain.
‘’Financing news media outlets in South Sudan is becoming problematic impacting media houses to become less sustainable. News media is sometimes called the “Fourth Estate” or the fourth branch of the government. It is true since free, independent news media allow the public to make informed decisions, hold leaders accountable and hear a diversity of opinions’’ Edmund said.
Furthermore, Yakani jagged out that CEPO Civic Space Watch Program(CCSWP) realized that in 2013 the news media financial position declined resulting into emplymnent turnover of Journlists from media houses into non-media news institutions.
‘’CEPO Civic Space Watch program realized that since 2013 annually the news media financing is reducing and this demonstrating with the evidence of professional journalists leaving the news media houses and joining media task in non-news media institutions, new merging newspaper are not staying for long, old news media houses are witnessing regular turnoff of journalists and radio stations are fitting to commercial industry than newspaper’’ He jagged
At the same juncture, Edmund added that since South Sudan works towards political transitional process aiming at moving the country from violence to peace through the genuine implementation of the Revitalized Agreement of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan, it requires influential news media outlets.
‘’Since South Sudan works towards political transitional process aiming at moving the country from violence to peace through the genuine implementation of the Revitalized Agreement of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. The political transition process in South Sudan requires influential news media outlets. The low rate of finance investment on news media in South Sudan is making most news media outlets closing or losing professional journalists. This means low trigger for public motivation for civic engagement ‘’ He lamented
Financing the news media outlets right now in South Sudan is essential for creating space for effective civic engagement on the political transitional processes especially constitution making, transitional justice, institutions and legislative/policy reforms. Without vibrant news media outlets across South Sudan the chance of misinformation and disinformation taking lead in shaping public opinion is very high. Proper financing leads to vibrant news media outlets. Mr. Yakani stressed
Finally, CEPO urged the financial firms and donors community to strengthen news media outlets through funding in South Sudan.