Media Apeal

Journalists encouraged not to down tools

By Kidega Livingstone

The leadership of Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) is encouraging journalists to continue with their work in order for South Sudan to develop.

Speaking to Journalists on Friday, UJOSS Secretary General for Organization Mr. Edward Ladu Terso said Journalists had been putting down their tools of work for fear of being detained by the Authority but now it is time for them to come back and work for the development of the Nation.

“It is time for us to continue working and learning more how to report correctly but not to put down your tools at this time of peace so that you are be able to work for the development of this country,” Ladu said.

He emphasized that without the media, there would not be space for freedom of expression and that the country would not develop.

“Journalists have been able to pick some of the laws governing their work.  With this, I think they would be able to correct themselves whenever they write stories in their respective media houses. I am advising them to work hand-in-hand with authority in order to report correct information,” Ladu said.

On his part Justice Dr. James Alala advised that journalists should report truth so that they cannot be arrested because nobody is above the Laws of this Nation.

He said regular training of journalists on legal and media laws was very important because it would direct journalists to report correctly.

However, one of the Journalists Ms Hellen Tobi said that journalists should be helped by the lawyers on how to report on court issues.

She said journalists always have problem in writing court terminology because of the little knowledge in legal practices.

Last week, the Command from the SSPDF urged journalists to spearhead the peace implementation in order to report accurate and quality information to the people of South Sudan.

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