VOA Journalist arrested in Juba protests over cost of living

Photo: Journalist Diing Magot

The President of the South Sudan Union of Journalists (UJOSS) says police in Juba have been holding their member since Sunday. 

Mr Oyet Patrick said on Monday that Diing Magot who reports for the Voice of America (VOA) was arrested along with others at the Konyo-Konyo market on Sunday while covering peaceful protests against the high cost of living in the country.  

Oyet visited the journalist at the Malakia Police Station on Monday morning and was allowed to access her.

Police said, she was mistaken for a protester since she had nothing identifying her as a journalist.

The journalists leaders said that UJOSS secretary and protection officer were closely working on her release. 

Oyet urged the security agents endeavor to respect media personnel when carrying out their duties and also expedite her release since it is clear that she is a journalist.

Police arrested six protestors mainly youth at the Konyo-Konyo market demanding the government to address the high cost of living and unemployment. The demonstration was peaceful.

Source: Radio Tamzuj.


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