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Media and NSS urged to promote peaceful coexistence

By: Nema Juma

The Presidential Advisor on legal affairs Lawrence Korbandy said that both Media and the National Security Service should promote peaceful coexistence among the people because the people of South Sudan are so divided and their relationship has been affected by political effort among us.

Speaking during the two day workshop on National Media Roadmap, National security service training, Under the theme: Strengthening Media and NSS relation in South Sudan, the Presidential Advisor on legal affairs Lawrence Korbandy said that the people are innocent from what “we are doing and there is no body to bring them together to build their trust and make them trust one another,” Korbandy said.

He stated media and NSS must promote peace among the people so that the citizens of this country do not fear them so that all this image of fear will not be there.

He also requested that the President and the Opposition Leader Dr. Machar should always have meeting for confidential building among them.

Meanwhile the managing Director of Media Authority Elijah Alier Kuai said that the workshop was to strengthen the relationship and development of media with respect for human rights and the rule of law.

He added that the purpose of a journalist is to serve as watchdog on government conduct so that the public will be able to hold the government accountable.

He stated that section 6(12)(a)of the  Media authority act, 2013, says the law and regulation governing media service in South Sudan shall uphold constitutional principles and in particular respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Mr. Elijah added that section 6(c) of the National security Act, 2014, clearly states that the national security service shall respect the will of the people, the rule of law, democracy, human rights and fundamental freedom.

“The national security controls any situation that may harm and cause danger to national interests according to the law,” Kuai said.

He stated that there have been a lot of malpractices that has contributed in tarnishing the image of South Sudan and these include Political conflicts, and unethical reporting.

He said that it’s the responsibility of the government to shape the image of the country to the South Sudan that they want.

“This requires individual and collective responsibility to be nationalists in our various capacities to strengthen the rule of law mechanisms, to promote freedom of media in the public interest,” Elijah said.

Meanwhile he added that at least 152 media entities have been issued with media operation license to operate as required.

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