WE SHOULD PEACEFULLY COEXIST
The Media and National Security Service can coexist as birds of the same feathers guided by the rule of law. Lawrence Korbandy, the Presidential Advisor on Legal Affairs must be applauded for advocating for peaceful coexistence between the two institutions in the country. This country can develop to greater heights if the Media and NSS relation in South Sudan is strengthened. There are innocent citizens who have suffered due to poor relationship between the media fraternity and the National Security Service. As the country moves to a new era of peace, the media should work to build trust in the country. There shouldn’t be any form of hate speech in the country. If these two institutions work hand in hand, they can promote peace among the people so that the citizens of this country don’t fear them and the image of this country will be protected. The media and NSS are key institutions in any country. They are supposed to work for respect of human rights and the rule of law. 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. Through a vibrant media, the country can uphold constitutional principles and in particular respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Equally, 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. As the leadership of this country is working hard to bring peace, no media house should condone malpractices that contribute to tarnishing of the image of South Sudan through unethical reporting.