JUBA, South Sudan, Aug 20 – Gunmen shot dead a South Sudan reporter in an apparently targeted attack, colleagues said Thursday, days after President Salva Kiir publicly threatened to kill journalists who reported “against the country”.
Colleagues, who gathered at the hospital in the capital Juba where Peter Moi’s body was taken on Thursday, said the reporter’s money and his telephone were reportedly not taken by the gunman after the killing.
He is seventh journalist killed this year in the war-ravaged country.
“This was an intentional killing,” said Oliver Modi, chairman of the Union of Journalists of South Sudan.
Moi, a reporter for the New Nation newspaper, was shot dead after leaving work in Juba on Wednesday evening, colleagues said, in the latest apparent attack on the media. READ: S. Sudan facing ‘disaster’ as peace deal lies in tatters.
“Freedom of the press does not mean you work against the country,” Kiir told journalists Sunday as he left for peace talks in neighbouring Ethiopia, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).
“If anybody among them (journalists) does not know that this country has killed people, we will demonstrate it one day, one time.”
If anybody among them (journalists) does not know that this country has killed people, we will demonstrate it one day, one time.
There was no immediate response to the killing from the police or security forces.
“Today it is Peter, tomorrow is someone else,” Modi added. “We are being taken one by one.”