Juba, December 6, 2016 (SSNA) — An American freelance journalist working for the US-based Associated Press (AP) has been forced to leave the country by South Sudan’s National Security’s agents.
Justin Lynch, who has been working in South Sudan since July this year, was picked up by people who identified themselves as “agents” and took him to Juba International Airport and placed him on a plane destined for Ugandan capital, Kampala.
The South Sudan News Agency has been told that Lynch’s deportation is a result of his numerous reports which include recent documented ethnically targeted killings in and around Equatoria region and other part of the country.
South Sudanese Minister of Information Michael Makuei Lueth told AP that he has no knowledge of Lynch deportation.
South Sudan’s government has a history of arresting and torturing journalists, closing newspapers, and other human rights violations.