Sudan - Editor of South Sudan newspaper arrest on eve of weekend



    MONTREAL, Oct. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders calls for the
release of Nhial Bol, the editor of the English-language daily The Citizen,
who was arrested on 10 October in Juba, the capital of semi-autonomous South
Sudan, because of an article about corruption in the south.
    "The South Sudan authorities acted in an illegal and unscrupulous fashion
by arresting this journalist just before the weekend, so that he would not be
able to request release on bail," Reporters Without Borders said. "If the
government thought it was libelled by an article in the newspaper, it should
have respected the law and justice by bringing a civil lawsuit."
    Arrested on the morning of 10 October, Bol was taken to Malakia police
station in Juba. He has reportedly been charged with libel and "disseminating
false information" by the South Sudan authorities in connection with an
article in the 7 October issue about high salaries paid to justice ministry
officials.
    Reached by Reporters Without Borders the day after his arrest, Bol said
that, instead of throwing him in prison, the government should have sued his
newspaper before a court, as it was a civil matter. "They are trying to cover
up their behaviour," he said.




For further information:

For further information: Katherine Borlongan, Executive Director,
Reporters Without Borders Canada, (514) 521-4111, rsfcanada@rsf.org

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