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Committee to Protect Journalists condemns killing of S/Sudanese journalist

PHOTO: www.cpj.org

PHOTO: www.cpj.org

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned the killing of Peter Moi, a reporter for The Corporate and New Nation, who was shot in Juba , South Sudan on Wednesday.

Unidentified assailants in a car shot Moi twice in the back while the journalist was walking home from work in the Jebel Kujur area of the city at about 8 p.m. (local time).

“We condemn the senseless killing of Peter Moi in what has become a deadly year for journalists in South Sudan,” a CPJ statement said on Friday.

Tom Rhodes, CPJ’s East Africa representative, said that more and more independent voices are being silenced in South Sudan at a critical time in the country’s history, when the public desperately needed impartial information.

Otieno Ogeda, chief executive officer of The Corporate, and Kenneth Ouka, editorial consultant for New Nation, told CPJ they could not identify any articles written by Moi in the publications that may have triggered the attack.

None of Moi’s belongings, such as his phone and money, were taken in the attack, Ogeda said.

In South Sudan, five journalists have been killed in direct relation to their work since the beginning of 2015, making the country one of the most deadly countries in 2015, according to CPJ research.



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