South Sudan frees Ugandan journalists after five days in detention

HRNJ-Uganda alert,

Kampala, 31st/July/2013;

South Sudan frees Ugandan journalists after five days in detention

 

The South Sudan government has released the two Ugandan journalists after five (5) days incarceration. They were not charged, however their recorded materials were deleted.

An official message from their employers, Feature Story News (FSN) Headquarters in Washington DC confirmed the release of its reporters. “Feature Story News is happy to confirm that our reporting team has now been released by the authorities in South Sudan.  We thank all those who have assisted us over the past 5 days and look forward now to getting back to work.” The President and Chief Correspondent of FSN, Simon Marks wrote in a message.

He added in an audio message that, “It’s obviously been a very difficult few days for Justin and Hilary, and their driver who was detained alongside them, and we are very grateful to get them back. They are now returning to their families and will soon be back at work. And we are grateful to everyone in Juba and elsewhere who assisted in securing their release.”

Another source said that they were now headed to the airport in the company of some Ugandan officials, “Just talked to their lawyer. They’re heading to the airport now (should actually be there) with Ugandan embassy officials and are booked on the 4 o’clock flight to Entebbe. They were released without any charges, but they were required to delete the footage they filmed in Juba.” The source revealed.

“We are glad that our colleagues have finally been released, and grateful to all those who have played any role during this difficult period. It’s sad however that the journalists were forced to delete all their materials. It was a violation of the journalists’ rights to be detained in a military base other than a gazetted place for the civilians.” Said HRNJ-Uganda’s National Coordinator, Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala

 

For More Information Contact;
Human Rights Network for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda)

Plot 18, Block 12 Stensera Road Kayanja Triangle Zone
P.O.BOX. 71314 Clock Tower Kampala. Tel: +256-414-272934 / +256-414-667627
E-mail: news@hrnjuganda.org / humanrajournalists@yahoo.co.uk /

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About Human Rights Network For Journalists-Uganda

HRNJ-Uganda was established in 2005 by a group of human rights-minded journalists who developed a sense of activism amidst a deteriorating context due to glaring abuses targeting the media. The network gained formal registration as an independent non-profit and non-partisan media organisation in 2006. The identity of HRNJ-Uganda lies with its diverse membership across the board including the print and electronic media, freelance investigative journalists and individuals from other professions.
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