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Press Freedom Symposium on today

By Anna Nimiriano

Dear readers and entire the entire people of South Sudan, today is a great day for journalists in the country to learn more about freedom of expression globally. The event is taking place at Regency Hotel instead of the Juba Grand Hotel from 8:00AM to 4:30 PM.Understanding the theme: “Building Trust in Media and Countering Disinformation”.   

All journalists and invited guests are expected to attend. This shall be an opportunity for journalists to benefit from panel discussions from more experienced journalists, civil societies, lawyers and government officials from within South Sudan. The invitations were extended to journalists in ten states and they are all within Juba for the event.

The media symposium follows the participation of the five (5) representatives from South Sudan media and civil society organizations in the Global Media Freedom Conference that took place in London in July this year. The aim of the media symposium in South Sudan is to localize the experience and lessons learned in the Global Media Freedom Conference and to put it in South Sudan context.

The symposium will present some topics from the Global Media Freedom Conference and discuss them on South Sudan local context, highlighting key issues that affect media freedom in South Sudan and how they can be addressed. There shall also be panel discussions on different topics taken from the Global Media Freedom Conference that shall be handled by discussants from relevant institutions who are key media stakeholders in South Sudan.

The symposium is expected to produce a number of recommendations that will lead to the production of a national media action plan for South Sudan that will be used by the media stakeholders to improve media development in the country.

To have clear guidelines for the rights of journalists in the field of journalism, according to the Universal laws.

However, the Symposium is organized by the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS), Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS), Juba Monitor Newspaper, Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO), and Media Authority with support from UNESCO and United Kingdom (UK) Embassy in South Sudan.

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