No journalist arrested or committed suicide over leaked video of president
AUTHOR: Daniel Garang Deng | PUBLISHED: December 17, 2022
Oyet Patrick Charles, UJOSS president.
The Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) has refuted the allegations on social media suggesting that journalists who leaked the “humiliating video of President Kiir” are under detention and the main suspect has taken his own life.
Earlier this week, a video showing “president kiir urinating on himself while singing the national anthem” during the opening of Bahr el Ghazal road section was leaked to the public and social media users.
A day later, a photo showing dead body dangling from a ceiling emerged on social media, alleging that “the journalist who leaked the video committed suicide.”
This was followed by several rumors, accusing other journalists and claiming some were arrested.
The union said it had not come across such messages circulating on various social media platforms alleging that a number of South Sudanese journalists had been arrested.
“UJOSS, therefore, would like to make it abundantly clear that as per our records at the moment, there is no journalist that has been arrested and no journalist is missing,” said Oyet Patrick Charles, UJOSS president.