March 11, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — A self-proclaimed security intelligence, who is yet to be identified, has taken it upon himself to silence Peter Gai Manyuon, the Chief Editor of Nyamilepedia.
According to Mr. Gai, who has received multiple threats from this particular number +211-922 191 889, the individual whom he believes is a security personal began calling him for an appointment last year , however, the individual has lately turned to warning him for criticizing the government after he fails to secure an appointment with the journalist.
“Since last year November 2014 up to today, some one is wasting his time calling me so that i may arrange a time to meet him and am not in position to have meeting with any one ,accept my family members or the people that i know are not threat to me in my life. +211-922191889 is the number of Security Intelligent always disturbing me by calling” Gaid said.
While the individual has been calling and recording the conversation, he warns the journalist to stop criticizing Salva Kiir government on the websites or else the government will be looking for him.
“Last month, he called me on 10th of February 2015, he told me why am always criticizing government since i was a columnist of Juba Monitor, and as well the time i was working for Citizen Television -CTV in 2012.” Gai states.
“Today morning, he called me and he began telling me why am criticizing Juba Government on different websites … and my recent article on PanLuel Wel. He frankly told me, if i don’t stop writing the government will look for me like Isaiah Abraham.” he further reiterates.
“My mission as Journalist is to fight for the rights and aspirations of the people of South Sudan who are voiceless. Any one who is planing wrong things against me, will die before reaching me.” the journalist emphasizes.
Like many journalists in South Sudan, Peter Gai was arrested a couple of times before fleeing the country for his dear life.
He was arrested in December 2013 at the military headquarters at Giyeda in Juba, South Sudan, for nearly one week. He was later released, like many other cases, without charges or any judicial proceeding.
Gai has been in Juba since 2012, working for various media houses. In 2012, Gai reports for Citizen Television from May to August before he became a Communication Specialist for South Sudan Law Society in August that year.
As a columnist with Juba Monitor, Gai began a column entitled, “Educating the Nation”, which was forcefully shutdown by the security forces in July 2013 as the only way to save the Monitors’ News papers from being banned in the country.
The war against journalists in South Sudan is never new, at least to the citizens. Many news papers have been shutdown and journalists arrested, killed or fled the country. A balanced journalism is considered a crime by the ruling elites.
The spokesman and the minister of information has made it abundantly clear that only government accounts of stories must be released, otherwise, anyone who goes against such undocumented rule must be arrested and charged.
Other Nyamilepedia editors have been threatened by government officials including the military spokesman, Col. Philip Aguer, who threatened Cde. Sirir Gabriel Yout, who writes intensively on political and social issues facing the country.
Nyamilepedia will investigate to get more information on these particular threats and intimidation .