Peace is the only option: South Sudanese journalist awarded Press Freedom Prize

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In South Sudan a lot of journalists get threatened or even killed. How does that affect your work?

I really thank God that some of us are still alive today. Our hearts are with our colleagues who lost their lives in the process of serving the nation as journalists. South Sudan is not a friendly country for the media, but we still need to inform our people. I tried to tell our leaders that it is a good thing to get feedback from the people, because they know what is going on. They remind you if something is going wrong. Since the signing of the peace agreement and the establishment of media authority, we have not heard of any arrests of journalists. But they can still harass you, or remove articles before printing. Those things are still there, but not like before. We don’t say that people don’t get killed, only the style of killing is now different. We have something called “unknown gunmen” in South Sudan. It is very difficult to identify whether the murder of a journalist was a targeted killing.

How does it feel to be in constant threat?

I was once thinking about leaving the country. But then I convinced myself that if everyone flew the country, who would work towards changing the situation? If I leave the country, who is there to do it? I’m not alone. We are many. I have colleagues and we have a lot of people working in the media. We believe that one day [these] things will come to an end.

What part do journalists and radio play in the process of peace making?

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