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Media laws can be used against you, journalists warned

Author : | Published: Thursday, April 30, 2015

Eastern Equatoria State minister of information has warned journalists that media laws can be used against them.

John Ochan says journalists should always check if they are working in a situation that allows them to work freely.

He was speaking at an awareness workshop conducted by AMDISS in Torit, Eastern Equatoria State.

“Working in a normal situation and working in a difficult situation differ,” Mr Ochan warned.

“If things are bad, you should not take the law as the law says. It can be bad on your side. So, you can also try to see the situation. Is it favorable? Can I act freely or not because sometime you can step on the toe of somebody. So they will throw you into problem.

“The law is there to protect you and also can be used against you.”

However, Mr Ochan said his government will continue to allow freedom of media in the state.

He said journalists should also be able to understand the media laws.

“You keep the law for yourselves so that whenever you are going to do your operation, you have something to guide you.”

More than 30 journalists from the eight counties of the state attended the training that ended yesterday.

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