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2014/07/02 The National Security Service confiscates the day’s print run of the Juba Monitor newspaper, apparently because it is covering the debate over federalism. However, the Presidential Spokesman and the Information Minister had reasserted that media were free to cover the issue of federalism. Snippet: The National Security Service confiscates the day’s print run of the....
2014/05/28 The website of Radio Miraya (run by UNMISS) appears to have been discontinued. It started re-directing traffic to the UNMISS website. This may be due to the recent change in UNMISS's mandate. Snippet: The website of Radio Miraya (run by UNMISS) appears to have been disco....
2014/05/22 GRSS has set up a taskforce to help draft a media bill. It includes representatives of various kinds of civil society group. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Mark Nyipuoc, says that the aim is to 'reform and reposition the media' to serve democracy and development through transparency and people-driven access to information. Snippet: GRSS has set up a taskforce to help draft a media bill. It includes re....
2014/05 MTN is investing heavily in the mobile phone network with the aim of becoming the biggest network in South Sudan by the end of 2014. Snippet: MTN is investing heavily in the mobile phone network with the aim of b....
2014/05 A 20-part peacebuilding radio drama series named 'Sawa Shabab' is launched, based on an educational peacebuilding curriculum. It is produced by Free Voice South Sudan with support from USIP, to be aired on Radio Miraya and the Catholic Radio Network and other local stations. Snippet: A 20-part peacebuilding radio drama series named &....
2014/04 Following the rebel capture of Bentiu town in mid-April, some SPLM-in-Opposition commanders broadcast ethnic hate-speech, and call for vengeful sexual violence against women based on their ethnicity. (Others call for reconciliation.) Snippet 1840
2014/04 Citizen TV, South Sudan's independent news television station, goes off air, citing the dangers for staff who have to go home after 10pm, and have experienced security force harassments and other threats. Snippet 1751
2014/04/01 The website of Sudan Tribune is hacked, and a false report of Riek Machar's death is inserted, apparently as an April fool's joke. Snippet 1735
2014/03 Roads and telecommunications with a major hospital in Lakes (Mapourdit) remain very poor despite government promises. People resort to climbing trees in order to communicate. Snippet
2013/11 MTM, a South Africa-based multinational mobile telecoms company, claims it is a dominant brand in South Sudan, with coverage in all ten states. Currently in has a USD 70 million investment programme to improve coverage in rural areas. Snippet
2013/10/03 The SPLM caucus in Unity state admits journalists from government-run Bentiu FM 99, but not the aid-agency-run Miraya FM and Naath FM. Snippet
2013/09 Radio stations operated by Internews (an international NGO) form radio station associations, a move said to be a step towards community ownership. The stations are: Sobat FM in Upper Nile State, Naath FM in Unity State, Mayardit FM in Warrap State and Nhomlaau FM in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State. The Internews project is funded by USAID. Snippet 1294
2013/09 The Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) joins the Federation of African Journalists, a move which is expected to help it promote press standards and rights. Snippet
2013/09/27 Unity State government approves SSP 400,000 for re-equipping and restructuring Bentiu FM 99 radio. Snippet
2013/08 Dialogue between representatives of media and National Security is being organized in various states by the Union of Journalists of South Sudan (UJOSS) and the Association of Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS). Snippet
2013/04 JICA launches a $5.5m project to help turn South Sudan TV and radio into a true public servic broadcaster. (Matata Safi/GOSS website, 4 Apr 2013) Snippet 845
2012 Japan is reportedly giving $37m aid (“immediate needs”) to S Sudan in 2012, including 5.4m to IOM for migration and border management work (CRN 21 Aug 2012) JICA also to support TV and radio - $6.4m (CRN 23 Aug 2012, Miraya 23 Aug 2012) $1m for a peri-urban road in Juba, (JICO linked with UNMISS) (Gurtong 11 Oct) Snippet 562
Reference Mini-review
Daniel van Oudenaren, 2014/05/04. Bibliography item: Daniel van Oudenaren (2014/05/04) "Major language constraints on media reach in South Sudan". (Article). Radio Tamazuj. [Article] Radio Tamazuj. Accessed online.

The article explains why a large proportion of South Sudanese people lack effective access to national public information, and hence lack much voice in public affairs. The main factor discussed is the failure of radio media to broadcast in local languages. Blame is put on politicians who see media in terms of propaganda rather than factual reporting.

Rupa Ranganathan and Cecilia M. Briceño-Garmendia, 2011/09. South Sudan’s Infrastructure: A Continental Perspective [Report] The World Bank. Accessed online.

Argues that South Sudan's infrastructure needs are so vast that it needs to 'adopt firm priorities for its infrastructure spending. It also must attract international and private-sector investment and look to lower-cost technologies to begin to close its funding gap.'

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