Juba - South Sudan's security services have detained two
Ugandan journalists who were filming in the capital Juba, officials said on
Justin Dralaze and Hilary Ayesiga, both freelancers, were
arrested by security officials on Saturday.
"They were arrested by the national security services,
yes," Cleophas Muhatana, the security attache at the Ugandan embassy in
"We have been in touch with the directorate of national
security and they said they are still interrogating them and they will be in
touch with us," Muhatana said.
Mustafa Biong, a senior official at the South Sudanese
information ministry, confirmed the arrests.
Oliver Modi, who heads the Union of Journalists of South
Sudan (UJOSS), said relations between the security services and the media have
He said he had been allowed to meet with the two Ugandans.
He said the two had been told they would have to wait until
Monday to obtain their press accreditation because the issuing office does not
work on Saturdays.
Dralaze and Ayesiga started filming on Saturday regardless
and were promptly arrested, Modi said.
"They accepted that it's a mistake on their side. They
look fine," he went on.
He confirmed that the two work for a Frequency Story News, a
US based media agency covering for the East African region including South
They were arrested together with a local journalist, Sunday
David Tut working for local radio station, Liberty FM.
According to Modi, the security officials have said they
will release the journalists in the next twenty four hours.
He urged foreign journalists to undergo the necessary legal
procedures before starting work in South Sudan.
Three South Sudanese journalists were detained briefly last
week, one in Juba and two in the northern oil-rich state of Unity.