[Karachi, Pakistan, PPF] Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan expressed concern over the closure of Eye Radio station by the South Sudan National Security Service (NSS) without giving reason.
PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter urged the government of South Sudan to order to put a stop over the arbitrary closure of media houses in South Sudan.
According to Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS), on November 11, 2016 the officials of NSS barged into the radio office and forced them to shut it down. The radio management said they did not get any reason of closing the radio office. According to the media reports the radio resumed its broadcasting again on November 19.
In another case, the NSS officials closed down the Nation Mirror Newspaper without giving any reason. Despite various calls to the authorities by international human rights organizations including African Freedom of Expression Exchange, the office of newspaper remained close.
Similarly, Juba Monitor newspaper was forced to remain close for two days in July 2016 by officials of NSS, who also arrested and detained the paper's Editor, Alfred Taban for two weeks following an article he wrote which was deemed critical of the government by the South Sudanese authorities.
Shutting down the media houses by the national security is a violation of the media laws and a denial of the constitutional rights of freedom of expression and of the press.