WRITTEN BY EDITOR KALAHAN DENG
The latest news was that, a South Sudanese reporter has been shot dead in what a press freedom group described as a “very foreboding sign” just days after the nation’s President issued a warning to the media . Peter Julius Moi, who worked with the independent New Nation newspaper in Juba, was shot as he headed home after work, his colleagues at the paper said. In fact, the journalist to Peter Moi, was the seventh reporter to be killed this year in a country devastated by a prolonged conflict between government forces and armed groups.
Journalists pointed out that South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir, had said on Sunday, before leaving for peace talks in neighbouring Ethiopia: “ Freedom of the press does not mean you work against the country. “If anybody among you journalists does not know that this country has killed people, we will demonstrate it one day, one time”.
On Wednesday, the US proposed that the UN Security Council impose an arms embargo on South Sudan after Kiir decision not to sign the peace deal with the rebels of his former Vice –President Dr. Riek Machar in Adis-Ababa, Ethiopia .