March 15 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The South Sudanese authorities have released two other journalists from the state television station detained in January after the publication of a video considered insulting towards the figure of the country’s president, Salva Kiir, in which he could be seen urinating on himself. pants during an official act.
The Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) has indicated in a statement published on its account on the social network Facebook that those released with Victor Ladu and Mustapha Osman, before demanding the release of two other reporters who are still under arrest.
“UJOSS calls on the government to release Garang John and Jacob Benjamin or, if they have to answer to a case, be brought before a court,” said union president Oyet Patrick Charles.
Among those arrested in January were the director of the control room of the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC), Joval Tombe, a content editor and various cameramen and technicians who were reportedly present during the event and recorded the images.
The video, which went viral on social media, shows Kiir urinating his pants during an event in the capital Juba in December. The images sparked a debate about the president’s health.
South Sudan has a unity government that began after the materialization of the 2018 peace agreement, between Kiir and the hitherto rebel leader Riek Machar, who once again held the position of first vice president of the African country as a result of it. .