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National Dialogue free to invite any media house-Makuei

By Moses Gum Degur

The National Minister of Information, Telecommunication and Postal Services, Michael Makuei Lueth, has said that the National Dialogue Steering Committee is free to invite any media house for coverage.

He said it was a necessity for the National Dialogue Committee to invite, move and work together with media houses of their choice to report on the daily progress of their activities for the citizens to have access to information.

Speaking to the press, Makuei said for the citizens to get updated about the national dialogue, there was need for the Steering Committee to invite any media house of their choice to provide full coverage on their daily events.

“You are free to invite any media house to cover your events or forums. You can even invite any foreign media house whom you think can cover your functions. You can move with these journalists to the states or abroad to report on your daily activities,” Makuei told the Committee.

He said for information to reach all South Sudanese, there is need for the National Dialogue Steering Committee to engage media houses to report on what they are doing.

Mr. Makuei cited the importance of the media as creating awareness to citizens, store of memories and serve to constitute the people’s perception about social reality and normality for purposes of public interest.

He said the government is committed to support the National Dialogue team and fully urged them to closely work with media houses to disseminate information to the local people across the country and in the Diaspora.

Mr. Makuei further reiterated his ministry’s commitment to work hard to sustain National Dialogue process and ensure that all the citizens of the country have access to information.

On his part, the Co-Chair of the National Dialogue Steering Committee, Angelo Beda, appreciated the minister for giving a green light to the committee for full media coverage that will inform and educate the people about the dialogue process efforts on restoring peace in the country.

He said one of the objectives of the committee is to disseminate accurate information and seek opinions on the process through the media. Mr. Beda said for a successful dialogue, there was need for the media to carry its own duty to create awareness, educate and inform the locals about the national dialogue process and its progress.

He added that the committee would continue to talk with people at the grassroots to ensure all understand their work. Mr. Beda said he believed that media organisations offer what he called “perfect opportunities” for updating the citizens on government activities, current national affairs and conduct talk shows on important topics that will restore peace in the country.



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