South Sudan’s media regulator on Friday reiterated its suspension of the UN-aided radio Miraya and appealed to the public and UN agencies operating in the country not to deal with the unauthorized broadcaster.
Elizah Alier Kuai, managing director of the South Sudan Media Authority, told journalists in Juba that the media regulator suspended Radio Miraya in March for persistent non-compliance and refusal to be regulated under the country’s media laws.
“I would like to inform the public and all the institutions and agencies including officials not to interact with Radio Miraya with immediate effect,” Kuai warned.
Alier said the media regulatory body remains committed to promote the freedom of expression and media as a fundamental human right in compliance with the world’s newest media laws in conformity with the international standards.
He said according to the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) agreement, UNMISS agreed to refrain from any action or activity incompatible with the impartial and international nature of their duties, adding the mission is inconsistent with the spirit of the present arrangements.
“The United Nations Mission in South Sudan and its members need to respect all local laws and regulations that govern the media in the country,” Kuai added.
He also said the Radio Miraya journalists are still not allowed to cover any news events in the country but denied that the decision is mounting to censorship. Enditem