South Sudan detains 6 journalists over leaked video of President Salva Kiir wetting himself in public while reciting the National Anthem.
Six journalists in South Sudan have been detained in relation to viral leaked footage of President Salva Kiir that viral according to a media watchdog.
According to various media reports, the six journalists work at the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC), which did not air the footage.
Patrick Oyet, the president of the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS), said that five of the journalists were detained Tuesday and one on Wednesday.
Media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called for their unconditional release.
Meanwhile, the union has said that the detained journalists are suspected of having information on how the footage was leaked and called for a speedy conclusion of investigations.
In a statement dated January 6 signed by the UJOSS president, the union called for “a speedy conclusion to the investigation of the six staff of South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) who are currently in the custody of the National Security Service.”
“If there is a prima facie case of professional misconduct or offense then let authorities expedite an administrative or legal process to address the issue in a fair, transparent [manner] and in accordance with the law.”
Mr. Oyet added that the union will continue to work with all stakeholders, including security agencies, to ensure a “good environment for all journalists to foster mutual understanding for the development of South Sudan.”
President Salva Kiir was last year December filmed unknowingly peeing himself in public while reciting the National Anthem during a road commissioning event.
Salva Kiir Mayardit is now 71 years of age and is believed to be suffering from a urinary tract infection which is quite common in older men.
The fast-trending video has since received mixed reactions from the international community with many social media users sharing contrasting opinions.
Some are blaming and slandering the cameramen for doing a dirty job by disgracing their president while others insist they did the right thing by exposing how he isn’t medically fit to lead a country.