In a homily delivered this month, Auxiliary Bishop Santo Laku Pio of the Catholic Archdiocese of Juba said there is increasing intolerance for speaking out against atrocities meted out on civilians in South Sudan.
As reported by Radio Tamazuj, Bishop Pio said many South Sudanese have been imprisoned for speaking out. He criticized impunity, saying those in charge of the country’s affairs are “full of hatred and seeking only power.”
The bishop’s statement underscores a growing repression of free expression in South Sudan. For instance, the frequency of attacks and violence against journalists and media workers has increased, according to the UN.