Juba, 26th April 2018. The relationship between Journalists and law enforcement agents has improved compared to previous years, says Media Authority Managing Director.
Elijah Alier Kuai told reporters on Tuesday that the improvement is due to a better understanding between journalists and security agents.
Cases of journalists being harassed or intimated has decreased and security personnel are now aware that journalists are protected by laws, he adds.
Alier says Media Authority is now handling incidents reported of Journalists being harassed to regulate the sector.
There have been some changes in the relationship between media practitioners and security organs, confirms, Oliver Modi Philip, Chairman Union of Journalists of South Sudan or UJOSS.
He admits that incidents of harassment of journalists have reduced.
Head of Human Rights Unit in UN Mission in South Sudan or UNMISS, Eugene Nindorera, agrees there is an improvement.
But, he says there is a long way to go in terms of improving the legal structure that protects journalists.
The speakers talked during a media forum titled South Sudan’s Media Landscape, under the theme: “Towards a better understanding of media laws”.
The Association of Media Women in South Sudan in collaboration with Journalists for Human Rights in South Sudan organized the forum.
The one-day event was supported by the Canadian Embassy in Juba.