Media articles and reports from #MMJUBA and South Sudan
MMJUBA_OPENSYSTEMS_REPORT by Jodi Rose, Stephen Kovats & Amrit Naresh
r0g wiki – ongoing discussion and documentation from #MMJUBA
#OS South Sudan – Open Systems Strategy Prezi
ESPECIAL PARA O ESTADO
BERLIM – Onde quer que esteja, Stephen Kovats mantém o hábito de usar camisas estampadas. Mas não se deixe enganar pelo tipo um tanto excêntrico. Ex-diretor do festival Transmediale, tradicional encontro alemão de arte e tecnologia, Kovats apresentou na conferência Open Strategies, em Berlim, o que talvez seja seu mais ambicioso projeto: o #OSJUBA (Open Source Juba), que ele quer realizar no Sudão do Sul, país africano imerso em guerras há pelo menos 50 anos.
‘The Niles’ is a project initiated by Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT) to promote independent, balanced and accurate coverage of Sudanese and South Sudanese affairs.
Working with some fifty journalists from both Sudan and South Sudan since 2009, MICT sponsors practical training and coaching to help advance reporters’ skills in relaying stories that shape people’s lives. The results are published by local media and on this website. Audio reports are broadcast on local radio stations.
The people of Sudan and South Sudan are witness to a momentous process that poses tremendous challenges. While South Sudan’s independence on July 9, 2011 was widely celebrated, bilateral issues concerning citizenship, national borders, constitutions, oil wealth and debt sharing are still on the agenda.
The region’s diversity of cultures, religions and languages, along with its abundance of natural resources, hold great potential to foster positive development. The media in Sudan and South Sudan will play a key role in shaping the future of both nations.
JUBA – Manyang David Mayar, a reporter for the ‘Juba Post’ and stringer for VOA’s South Sudan In-Focus programme, speaks about the economic challenges South Sudan’s journalists face.
JUBA – Daga Chaplain, Marketing Manager of the daily ‘The Citizen’, speaks about The Citizen’s revenue sources and the economic challenges South Sudan’s media houses and journalists face.
East Africa is leading a new frontier of mobile service innovation – and Re:Publica 2012 speaker Mark Kaigwa argues Europe needs to start paying attention. If you want a heads up on the internet community in Africa, Kaigwa’s your guy. He’s a blogger, creative and consultant based in Nairobi, Kenya; has worked with internationals Warner Brothers and Nokia; and spoke yesterday at Re:Publica 2012 in Berlin, the opening conference of Berlin Web Week.
Mark Kaigwa talks at #MMJUBA
Interview with Eugenio Tisselli on Furtherfield: Community Memory through appropriated media.
Nawaya teaches sustainable agriculture in Cairo (icehubs related)
OPEN GOVERNMENT, PEACE & JUSTICE
November 24, 2012 (JUBA) – The leadership of the 15-month old nation, South Sudan, has announced its plan to organise a first-ever comprehensive peace and national reconciliation conference to try and heal the mental wounds that have visibly divided some of the communities over the years. The conference which is planned to convene in April 2013 in the national capital, Juba, will draw together hundreds of participants from the top leaderships in the national capital, Juba, as well as from the ten states in the country.
Sudan Tribune: South Sudan, What next for a successful state?
OPEN JOURNALISM & FREEDOM OF SPEECH
“We are sound minded people and we cannot be bullied to follow a failed system run by officials who are unable to deliver services. Our people did not rally behind our freedom fighters during the years of liberation cause to secure a failed system.” Citizen Editor Nhial Bol, Friday, July 17, 2009, The Citizen Daily, Vol. 4, Issue No. 196, page 2
Dear Colleagues, family of the late and fellow citizens in South Sudan and world over,
As I write at this time of the night, I am filled with sadness and grief because I learned that the fearless and long time democratic governance advocate brother Isaiah Abraham (Diing Chan Awuol) has been murdered at about 4am on December 5, 2012 at his Gudele house in Juba.
Brother Isaiah in my view and a view I will hold forever, come what may, was, is and shall always remain a symbol of justice, peaceful critic for the advancement of democracy and rule of law. His silence is a blow to the fight for freedom of speech and expression and the dark bloody hour of his fall, marks the declaration of the closure of aspirations for which South Sudan took up arms for against dictatorships of Khartoum regimes […] Isaiah is physically gone but his words and works documented over the world on internet shall remain as great encouragement for all of us who have understood where we have come from and where we need to go.
December 6, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudanese political commentator, Isaiah Ding Abraham Chan Awuol, was shot dead in front of his house in Gudele, west of the capital Juba, early on Wednesday morning by unknown gunmen.
Family and friends say they had expected that one day he would be killed due to his criticism’s of the government in Sudan Tribune and other publications, under the pen name, Isaiah Abraham.
Press freedom group, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), said Wednesday that South Sudan should thoroughly investigate the murder, identify the motive behind Isaiah’s death, and bring the perpetrators to justice. Civil society activists and many journalists are concerned that the some parts of the SPLA and SPLM, do not wish to accord South Sudanese the freedoms of expression, democracy and human rights that were the among the key aims of the civil war which culminated in South Sudan’s independence in July 2011.
A CPJ report last year found that “local journalists fear the former rebels turned government officials still harbor a war mentality that is unaccustomed to criticism, and that they are not prepared to extend the freedoms they fought hard to attain.” Isaiah, himself, fought in the SPLA during the civil war.
Emmanuel Jal – peace activist and hip hop artist beaten by police in Juba, Sept 2012 – the video clip from “War Child” gives a very human insight into the history and present situation
Emmanuel Jal was taken from his home at the age of seven to fight in Sudan’s second civil war. Now, he is an international peace activist and hip hop artist, who was featured in the Pulitzer Center-funded project War Child. On September 8th, 2012 Emmanuel was badly beaten by the police in Juba, the South Sudanese capital, while on tour to promote peace in Sudan. In response, he issued this statement:
“I am in South Sudan to highlight peace and have come to speak and perform at the “We Want Peace” business gala and concert on International Peace Day. Two days after arriving in my home country I was attacked by members of Juba’s police and national security. This is an ironic and sad situation that will not deter my path for freedom, equality and justice. I am swollen, but recovering, and thank all the fans and supporters for their well wishes.
I would like to express that abuse of power should not be tolerated on any level. South Sudan must move forward with positivity and equality. Tribalism, police brutality, corruption and other problems of de-stabilisation must be highlighted and stopped in order for the country to progress.
I am releasing this statement because I was raised in an environment where speaking out against injustice is always considered a route for peace. Let us continue to put a spotlight on such dark issues, for it is the best solution in paving a way for our bright future.”
November 7, 2012 (JUBA) – Media groups in South Sudan have expressed deep concern that there are differences between the versions of the country’s long-awaited draft media bill circulating in the capital Juba. South Sudan Law Society Secretary-General Dong Samuel also confirmed discrepancies in the media bills used by officials and those put under discussion during the public hearing and argued that the lawmaking process in South Sudan is not transparent.
Veteran journalist Alfred Taban, who is the Editor of The Juba Monitor (formerly The Khartoum Monitor) and Chairperson of the Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS), urged media houses to support the media bills, so that they are passed by the national assembly.
“Let us go to the people. Let us go to the public. Let us go to our newspapers and radio stations and put out editorials very strongly supporting these laws. And if that does not succeed, let us go to the streets and demonstrate and we say we are demonstrating for the freedom of press or the passage of these laws so that the constituencies that these people represent will be the ones to put pressure on their MPs,” Taban said.