Juba 3rd May, 2023. May 3rd, 2023 today is the commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day. This year we mark the 30th year of this UN International Day. This year’s theme as defined by UNESCO is “Shaping a Future of Rights: Freedom of expression as a driver for all other human rights”. Community Empowerment for Progress Organization would like to congratulate the South Sudan and the press family in South Sudan. The press in South Sudan played a great and remarkable in shaping accurate flow of information for creating good environment for decision making for human growth and societal development
Mr. Edmund Yakani, Executive Director of CEPO says the press freedom in South Sudan is still facing some challenges but per now for the last two years remarkable improvements on less interference of the state actors with the press freedom is witnessed and registered through the remarkable work of South Sudan Media Authority. The trend of self-censorship among the actors of the press is increasingly growing and this is due to some acts of some actors of the public institutions such as political leader’s bodyguards and protection who sometimes act aggressively toward hindering the work of the press actors. This trends requires more efforts from South Sudan Media Authority through offering proper orientation to political leaders bodyguards and protocol to under the role of the press and the importance of press freedom
It is a time that political leaders, law enforcement agencies and other state actors to fully understand that unlawful interfering with the press freedom actually, it directly contribute in building factors that leads to public mobilization towards acts that will be against the state or government. Promoting and protecting press freedom is a central act that mobilize the public to increase trust and confidence towards the actions and decisions of the state and government. Mr. Yakani stressed
CEPO is seriously call for increase of support and protection of the press freedom and press actors. Without genuine and concrete support geared specifically to the press sector normally it contributes in making the press sector play limited and inadequate role in shaping the future toward realization of democratic society.
Finally, CEPO is urging all state actors to ensure that they engage in promotion and protection of press sector. Donors should increase finance support for equipping the press actors to play a very influential role in shaping better future