Journalists Arrested and Held Over Video of South Sudan Presiden Urinating On Himself, Freed
South Sudan’s National Security Service has released the rest of the journalists who have been held for weeks over a video that appears to show the country’s president urinating on himself during an event.
At least seven journalists from state radio were arrested in January after they published a video of President Salva Kiir inaugurating a road project.
The South Sudan Journalists’ Union said in a statement on Friday that the rest of the journalists had been released. No charges were brought against any of the journalists.
The journalists’ organization said the union “will continue to communicate with all stakeholders in the country to ensure journalists work in a free and safe environment”.
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The South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation aired it in December and it was widely reported on the internet.
The video showed Kiir, 71, standing during the national anthem and then looking at what appeared to be a scattered dot before the camera zoomed out.
One of the released journalists, Garang John, said in a Facebook post that his health was “completely threatened” by the 60-day detention.
“I’m pretty weak and tired,” he said, “but everything will be fine.”