Juba, 4 October 2023—The Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) welcomes the formation of an investigation committee to probe into the killing of the 26-year-old American-British journalist, who was killed in 2017 while covering the war between the government and an opposition group.
On September 29, 2023, the National Ministry of Cabinet Affairs formed a six-member committee to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of Journalist Christopher Allen in the territory of South Sudan.
Though this process has been long awaited, it is a good step toward bringing justice to the late Journalist Christopher Allen’s family, colleagues, and friends.
AMDISS appeals to the government and the committee to expedite the investigation process to serve justice to the family of the bereaved journalist. In the same spirit, AMDISS also calls on the government to investigate the murder of Opinion Writer Isaiah Diing Abraham who was killed in 2012 in Juba, Peter Moi who was killed in Juba in 2015, Pow Joseph who was killed in Akobo in 2015, Isaac Vuni who was killed in 2016 in Pageri, Marko Agei Makhor who was killed in Tonj in 2020, Musa Mohammed, Boutros Martin, Daila Marko, Randa George, Adam Juma from State-owned media who were killed between Wau and Raja Counties in Western Bahr-El-Ghazal State in 2015.
Furthermore, AMDISS requests the government to strengthen the country’s judicial system to offer restorative justice to the families of the victims by giving them a role to play in the justice processes and holding the perpetrators accountable for their actions.
AMDISS is an independent member-based media training and advocacy organization in South Sudan formed in 2003 to work towards creating an enabling environment for media freedom through advocacy and dialogue with stakeholders.
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