Journalists held over South Sudan president video are freed


JUBA, South Sudan — South Sudan’s National Security Service has launched the remaining journalists who had been detained for weeks over a video apparently displaying the nation’s president urinating on himself throughout an occasion.

At least seven journalists with the state broadcaster had been detained in January following the circulation of the video of President Salva Kiir throughout the inauguration of a highway challenge.

In an announcement on Friday, the Union of Journalists of South Sudan stated the 2 remaining journalists had been freed. None of the journalists had been charged.

The union “will continue to engage with all stakeholders in the country to ensure journalists work in a free and safe environment,” the journalists’ group stated.

The South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation footage aired in December and was broadly shared on-line. It confirmed the 71-year-old Kiir standing throughout the nationwide anthem after which trying down at what gave the impression to be a spreading stain, earlier than the digicam turned away.

One of the launched journalists, Garang John, in a Facebook publish stated his well being had been “totally compromised” by the 60 days of confinement.

“I am completely weak and tired but it shall be well,” he stated.

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