Jan 29, 2023

Sudan Journalists Detained Over Footage Of President Salva Kiir Wetting Himself

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Mr Kiir has been president since South Sudan gained independence in 2011.

FILE PHOTO: Journalists detained over footage appearing to show South Sudan president wet himself. PICTURE: Thomson Reuters

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SUDAN: Six journalists were detained after the video circulated on social media of the President of South Sudan wetting himself at an official event.

Six journalists in South Sudan have been detained over the circulation of footage showing president, Mr Salva Kiir appearing to wet himself at an official event, the national journalists union said on Saturday. 

The footage from December showed a dark stain spread down the 71-year-old president’s grey trousers as he stood for the national anthem at a road commissioning event. The video never aired on television but subsequently circulated on social media. 

What happened?

The journalists, who work with the state-run South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation, were detained last week Tuesday and Wednesday, said Mr Patrick Oyet, president of the South Sudan Union of Journalists.

They “are suspected of having knowledge on how the video of the president urinating himself came out,” he told Reuters. South Sudan Information Minister Mr Michael Makuei and National Security Service spokesperson Mr David Kumuri did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Mr Kiir has been president since South Sudan gained independence in 2011. Government officials have repeatedly denied rumours circulating on social media that he is unwell. The country has been embroiled in conflict for much of the past decade.

The detained journalists are camera operators Mr Joseph Oliver, Mr Mustafa Osman, video editor Mr Victor Lado, contributor Mr Jacob Benjamin, Mr Cherbek Ruben, and Mr Joval Toombe from the control room, Oyet said.

“We are concerned because those who are detained now have stayed longer than what the law says,” he added. 

By law, South Sudanese authorities are allowed to detain suspects for only 24 hours before bringing them before a judge. The incident “matches a pattern of security personnel resorting to arbitrary detention whenever officials deem coverage unfavourable,” said the sub-Saharan Africa representative for the Committee to Protect Journalists, Mr Muthoki Mumo.

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