South Sudanese journalists arrested over video of President Salva Kiir ‘getting wet’ | world news

Six journalists have been arrested after a video appeared to show the president of South Sudan getting wet.

The footage was widely shared last month and shows a dark stain stretching across President Salva Kiir’s pants and a wet patch forming on the floor as he stands for the national anthem.

The national journalists’ union said the people worked for the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation and were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday.

They are suspected of knowing how the video was released, union president Patrick Oyet said.

He named them cameramen Joseph Oliver and Mustafa Osman; video editor Victor Lado; contributor Jacob Benjamin; and Cherbek Ruben and Joval Toombe from the control room.

“We are concerned because those currently detained have been held longer than the law requires,” Oyet added.

The law in south sudan stipulates that people must be detained for a maximum of 24 hours before seeing a judge.

Mr Kiir, 71, has been the leader since the country gained independence from Sudan in 2011, but the UN says violence and insecurity continue to plague the country.

There has not been a presidential election since he came to power, and a recently scheduled one has again been postponed to 2024.

Officials denied rumors on social media that he was unwell, but the footage was cited as proof he was unfit to lead.

Others said the airing of the clip was disrespectful.


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