click http://cooperatition.org/wp-includes/rss-functions.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>Justin Dralaze, http://deborahmillercounselor.com/wp-includes/capabilities.php a correspondent for Reuters and Hilary Ayesiga were reportedly picked up by security officials on Saturday night from streets of Juba before being detained incommunicado at the National Security headquarters in Juba.
Uganda Journalists Union (UJU) said South Sudan authorities should have produced the two journalists in courts of law, if they committed any crime, than being detained in a military barracks.
“We condemn in the strongest terms possible the arrest and detention of the journalists in a Military establishment, moreover incommunicado,” said UJU President Lucy Anyango Ekadu in a statement seen by Chimpreports on Monday.
Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers reportedly arrested the journalists on Airport Road while filming.
South Sudan security officials claim the two journalists had no press permits or formal accreditation issued by Juba authorities.
But it is not clear why the two civilians had to be detained in a military barracks instead of being taken to a Police Station or Courts of law.
“We call on the Juba authorities to immediately and unconditional release the two journalists,” said Ekadu.
The arrest of journalists comes at the height of tensions in the world’s youngest nation after President Salva Kiir disbanded the entire Cabinet this week.
Juba authorities have increasingly become intolerant with the media hence creating uncertainty on whether the country is headed for observance and respect for Human Rights and the rule of law.
South Sudanese journalists continue to work under pathetic conditions, with repression and intimidation being order of the day.
Sources say Ugandan Foreign Affairs Ministry was in touch with South Sudan security over the journalists’ detention. By Monday morning, the duo was still behind bars.