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South Sudan Media urged to Play Crucial Role in Constitution-Making Process and Elections

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South Sudan has been in the process of drafting a new constitution for several years now, and with general elections scheduled for 2023, it’s an important time for the country’s media to play a role in facilitating discussions on these important issues. A Japanese scholar has recognized this potential, encouraging South Sudan’s media to step up and play a crucial role in consolidating peace in the country.

The scholar, Dr. Sukehiro Hasegawa, recently spoke at a workshop organized by the Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS) and stressed the importance of the media in the constitution-making process and upcoming elections. He noted that the media can play a crucial role in promoting dialogue, encouraging participation, and creating awareness among citizens about their rights and responsibilities.

Dr. Hasegawa’s words are particularly relevant in the context of South Sudan, where the media has been subjected to numerous challenges, including censorship, harassment, and violence. This has limited the ability of journalists to report on critical issues and has stifled the development of vibrant and free media.

However, Dr. Hasegawa is optimistic about the potential of South Sudan’s media to play a positive role in promoting peace and stability. He noted that the media can act as a bridge between the government and citizens, promoting dialogue and understanding. He also highlighted the need for the media to be responsible and professional, and to report on issues in an impartial and unbiased manner.

South Sudan’s media has a crucial role to play in the country’s constitution-making process and upcoming elections. The media can help to promote an inclusive and participatory process, giving citizens a voice and promoting dialogue between different groups. This can help to create a sense of ownership and investment in the political process, ultimately leading to greater stability and peace.

Moreover, the media can also help to hold politicians and other stakeholders accountable, promoting transparency and good governance. By reporting on issues in an impartial and unbiased manner, the media can help to promote a culture of accountability and ensure that the voices of citizens are heard and acted upon.


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