UN 'deeply disturbed' by threats to media in S.Sudan

The United Nations is alarmed over increasing threats and violence against journalists and human rights activists in South Sudan, the U.N. envoy in the African country said on Friday. Reporters often complain of hassle and detention in South Sudan which broke away from

Sudan in 2011 after a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war. In 2013,


South Sudan, a country ruled by former rebels and without a media law, slipped 13 places to 124 out of 179 on the world press freedom index compiled by media watchdog Reporters Without Borders. "UNMISS (UN Mission in South Sudan) is deeply disturbed by reports of threats, intimidation, harassment and attacks against journalists, civil society and human rights activists," Hilde Johnson, the UN envoy in South Sudan, told reporters. (AP)