South Sudan reminded to investigate death of American journalist
AUTHOR: Daniel Garang Deng | PUBLISHED: August 27, 2022
Late Journalist Christopher Allen in Equatoria, South Sudan, on Aug. 21, 2017. (Christopher Allen/Family Photo)
The United States government is once again asking the government of South Sudan to produce findings on the death of American freelance journalist Christopher Allen.
It wants Juba to deliver justice to Allen’s family.
Christopher Allen was killed while documenting fighting between the South Sudan People Defense Forces [SSPDF] and the Sudan People Liberation Army in Opposition [SPLA-IO] around Kaya on August 26, 2017.
For 5 years now, his family has been calling for answers and possible arrest of the killers of the journalist.
On the anniversary of his death, the U.S Embassy in Juba renewed it calls to the government of South Sudan to conduct a credible inquiry into Mr. Allen’s death and to share its finding with Mr. Allen’s family.
“It is our fervent hope that such an inquiry will help give Mr. Allen’s family the closure they deserve by holding accountable those responsible for his death,” it underscored.
According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), South Sudan war has not only claimed the life of Mr Allen only but with 10 other journalists since 2014.
It said South Sudan media environment is characterized by multiple instances of authorities subjecting journalists – both local and foreign to harassment, arbitrary detention, surveillance, and attacks.