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Security shuts down The Citizen newspaper

Author : Hellen Achayo | Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Security closed down the Citizen Newspaper on Monday, Editor in Chief Nhial Bol has said.

He says they were ordered to stop publication without clear reasons.

“We have been told by the security officer that we that we have been shut down,” Mr. Nhial told Eye Radio this morning. “They said that the order come from above.”

However, the paper recently published an editorial critical of the leaders of the warring parties, comparing them with Somali warlords – Farah Aidid and Ali Mahadi.

In the editorial entitled: Reforms, President Kiir should not ignore everything, Mr Bol wrote that ‘those who still remember these two generals who first fought to remove President Siad Bare should conclude that Kiir and Riek will end up in that situation similar to that of Somalia’.

The Press Secretary in the office of the president, Ateny Wek Ateny, says he does not have information why the newspaper was shut down.

“Unless am informed in an official way I don’t have any idea about the shutdown,” he said.

The paper has been shut down on several occasions, and the editor summoned and questioned by the state security over some of its publications.

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