14 June 2012

South Sudan: Information Minister Urges Media, Security Services to Cooperate

Minister of Information And Broadcasting Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin says both the media and security services should work together for the interest of the public within the South Sudanese environment.

He said this statement while addressing journalists in a one day seminar on public broadcasting organized by Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA under the theme 'preparing the role of media and police'

Marial assured the journalists of the pass of the media bill which will be used for ensuring the progress of the media, adding that according to the constitution every citizen has a right to information access provided that he/she uses it in a rightful way.

Meanwhile the Deputy Minister for Information Atem Yaak Atem talked of the great role JICA is playing more especially in the construction work for instance physical construction of bridges within Juba town, contribution towards media development.

Atem said to JICA that South Sudan is still having one government owned television and radio station namely South Sudan television and South Sudan radio service both lack modern studios and power supply as well as adequate skilled manpower.

He said that though South Sudan has one radio and television there are a lot of private media houses whereby information is disseminated to the public.

Atem thanked the Japanese friends for the great interest they are taking in South Sudan, the government of Japan through JICA has already indicated willingness to help develop physical infrastructures such as Nile bridge and media.

Atushi Hanatani JICA representatative said they had been supporting South Sudanese since 2005 and they will always do so because of the good relations.

He went on stating that they will help South Sudan to overcome its media challenges and that several plans to provide media training to south Sudanese for four years starting soon in this year are in place.

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