President Salva Kiir

08.01.2023 Featured For Recording President Urinating on Himself, South Sudan Detains Journalists

Published 8th Jan, 2023

By Joseph Adeiye

The government of South Sudan has detained six journalists in connection with the circulation of a video footage showing President Salva Kiir wetting himself.

The six remained detained at the National Security Service headquarters, known as Blue House, according to a statement by the Union of Journalists of South Sudan on Friday evening.

Patrick Oyet, the president of the South Sudan Union of Journalists, told Reuters that the journalists “are suspected of having knowledge on how the video of the president urinating himself came out”.

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In the third week of December, a video appearing to show Kiir urinating on himself in public circulated on social media.

Footage showing President Salva Kiir wet himself

Though South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) claimed it did not broadcast the footage, the video still became public material. The incarcerated journalists are SSBC staff.

Michael Makuei, South Sudan’s information minister, admitted that the journalists were arrested but told Voice of America that people had to wait to know why they were detained.

READ ALSO: REPORT: 363 Journalists Imprisoned Worldwide in 2022

“Authorities’ arrests of six employees of the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation matches a pattern of security personnel resorting to arbitrary detention whenever officials deem coverage unfavorable,” Muthoki Mumo, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) sub-Saharan Africa representative, said in an official statement Friday.

Published 8th Jan, 2023

By Joseph Adeiye


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