Friday, May 26, 2017

#SouthSudan frees #UN #Journalist after 2yr detention #MediaFreedom

It is amazing how we celebrate when a journalist gets released.  He should never have been arrested in the first place.  He is a UN journalist and was held for 2yrs.  Imagine what they do to non UN journalists!
The problem with journalism these days is the fact that your own media house and your employer will leave you in the cold.  Imagine a UN journalist held for 2yrs while the same UN keeps funding the war in South Sudan.  So does UN care more for South Sudanese or Ugandans than it cares for its own?  
This is likely the reason why you will keep reading about UN experts and journalists vanishing because the rest of us are like....hey, do you only ignore our suffering?  Let us grab one of your own and see how much you care.  Turns out you do not care about your own either for why else would you not cut off all money to the countries which grab and kill your own?
You see, Karma works all the time.  You do not give a damn about us.  Turns out you do not give a hoot of a damn about your very own!  No wonder Jesus weeps.  Keep on funding the wars and you shall also be swallowed and then have to drive to the families of these journalists and announce the bad news.  Wake up world!  Terrorism is fueled by you showing the world that you do not even care about your people.  So it is no longer about those poor journalists in Africa being imprisoned or killed.  The war is now in your own court. 
Martha Leah Nangalama
South Sudanese authorities released a journalist Thursday who had been detained without charges since August 22, 2014.
George Livio, who worked for the U.N.-sponsored Miraya FM radio station, had been arrested by national security operatives and detained at an unknown location.
The U.N. did not immediately provide a reason for Livio's release, though the U.N. mission in South Sudan had been pushing for his freedom and that of two other staff members.
Several rights groups, including Amnesty International, had petitioned President Salva Kiir to intervene and release Livio.

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir is shown in the capital, Juba, May 18, 2017. Several rights groups had petitioned Kiir to intervene and release detained journalist George Livio.
South Sudan's President Salva Kiir is shown in the capital, Juba, May 18, 2017. Several rights groups had petitioned Kiir to intervene and release detained journalist George Livio.
VOA's South Sudan in Focus reached Gelego Livio, the journalist's father, by phone Friday in Khartoum.
"I got the news … about half past 5 yesterday evening. He was released about midday, possibly," Livio said.
Livio told South Sudan in Focus that he never received a reason for his son's arrest from the government, but heard that the government thought he was "collaborating with Riek Machar," the former first vice president who fled Juba shortly after a fresh outbreak of deadly fighting occurred in the capital in July.
The elder Livio said he and his wife were granted one visit with their son in March 2016. He said George Livio was being held at a Juba hospital.
Livio said he learned from his maternal uncle in Juba that his son had been freed Thursday.
"We, his mother and I, had a very, very exciting time last evening. Now, we really want to hear his voice," said the father.
South Sudan in Focus directly contacted George Livio on Friday, but he declined to comment and referred the VOA program to the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
A UNMISS spokesman, Daniel Dickinson, applauded Livio's release and urged authorities to free other U.N. staff members in detention.
"The mission calls for the release of its two other national staff members who are currently also being held in detention without trial since 2014. UNMISS continues to call on the South Sudanese authorities to respect national law and the fundamental principles of due process under international human rights law," Dickinson said.
Amnesty International said there has been an increase in illegal detentions since a civil war broke out in the country in 2013.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least five journalists have been killed in South Sudan since the country gained independence in 2011.

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