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Catholic radio station, shut down by South Sudan’s government, offers apology

August 20, 2014

Bakhita Radio, a South Sudanese Catholic radio network that was recently shut down by the government, has apologized for inaccurate reporting.

After rebels attacked government forces, the station inaccurately reported that the government had launched the attack, according to the Catholic Information Service for Africa.

The radio network remains closed, but its news editor, David Ocen, was released from jail, the Fides news service reports. Ocen said that he was held in a dark room for three days.

Bakhita Radio reportedly was given instructions from government officials on how it should cover the news. South Sudan does not have explicit laws regarding the workings of the media.


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