May 22, 2020 (Thessherald)–The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA), a human rights defender, has expressed its dismay at an incident in which a local journalist working for Eye Radio was attacked and severely beaten earlier this week, leaving him with bruises.
“The Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) learns with utter dismay and regrets the attack on Eye Radio journalist, Obaj Okuj, leaving his brother wounded on 19th, May 2020,” the statement said.
The rights defender denounced all forms of violence against journalists and urged the government to fulfill its obligations by protecting human rights in the country.
“We strongly condemn this display of anarchy and appeal to the government of to ensure the citizens’ safety because it is its prerogative and responsibility.”
“Journalists should not be targeted for their work of keeping the public informed because by doing so, they are promoting the people’s rights and access to information which is a crucial any prosperous and successful society.”
South Sudan activists called on the government to ensure that journalists are protected from harassment because it is a vital part of the government’s responsibility.
“Center for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) therefore remind the government of South Sudan of its duty and responsibility of protecting the journalists, not only journalists but all anyone within its territory by creating a safe environment for the enjoyment of the rights.”
The group stated that any direct repression of the media is a clear indication of the government’s failure to protect its citizens.
“Attacks on journalists or anyone else is a pointer of dysfunctionality of a governing authority.”
“for Peace and Advocacy (CPA) therefore calls on the government of the Republic of to investigate and hold accountable the perpetrators of these crimes. The citizens never be safe in a state where chaos and anarchy are the order of the day. The constitutional mandate and the priority of any government is the protection of its South Sudan is no different to this obligation, hence, it MUST live to that standard to book these criminals so that justice is done.”