JICA officials visit Juba Monitor, discuss S. Sudan media landscape
By: Wek Atak Kacjang
A team of diplomats from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) visited Juba Monitor newspaper and discussed political and economic challenges bedeviling the media landscape in the country.
Speaking during the meeting, Juba Monitor Managing Editor, Odongo Odoyo said the country’s media is growing slowly but steadily despite the array of challenges surrounding it.
He said several newspapers have been closed down because of high cost of printing that left only two English newspapers in circulation across the country.
He said the country had one national television and a number of FM radio stations that do not reach the entire country’s population especially those in rural areas.
The formation of Media Authority had made it possible for media to operate because the essential harassment between media professionals and security organs had stopped since the authority now acts and oversees the role of the industry and its operations.
He said there were a number of newspapers coming up currently because of the peace prevailing in the country. He said printing cost was the major set-back that normally forces media houses to put their pen and note books down.
“Printing cost is too high compared to other countries. We are having a big problem with printing cost,” Odoyo added.
He revealed that Juba Monitor only reaches few areas in the country as a result of the past crisis.
“We are now covering and circulating in Kampala, Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya. Recently we recruited States Correspondents in order to reach most parts of the country as peace gains momentum and people are resettling back to their rural homes,” said Odoyo.
Appreciating the welcome accorded to them the JICA team said they were in the country to acquaint themselves with media growth in the country.