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Security forces closed down the Nation Mirror newspaper on Wednesday.

Makuei confirmed to Xinhua that the newspaper was closed due to security reasons.

“This paper has been a long-time national security threat, prompting government and security operatives to issue a decision of closure from the effect of Wednesday,” Makuei said.

The newspaper’s editors said the closure could be linked to the publication of a report on corruption from The Sentry, a U.S.-based organization.

Editor Aurelious Simon Chopee told Xinhua on Thursday that the paper was ordered to cease publication with immediate effect.

Chopee said the National Security Service had summoned the newspaper’s editorial team to its office where they accused the paper of indulging in activities that are not compatible with it status.

The Sentry report accused leaders on both sides of South Sudan’s civil war and their families of profiting from the conflict, amassing fortunes.

President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar have denied the charges through their spokesmen. It is the second time the newspaper has faced closure. In 2015, it was closed down for nine months when it reported the withdrawal of government troops from the northern part of the country during the civil war that erupted in late 2013. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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