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South Sudan, women of the fourth estate the story of three young and promising female journalists from South Sudan.
Flora Henry inside her bedroom in the family compound. She has archived copies of her articles that were published in The Citizen newspaper. The newspaper was forced to close by the government of South Sudan in late August 2015 without giving any reason for its decision. Editor in chief Nhial Bol believes the closure followed the publication of a report on the latest peace agreement. South Sudan’s journalists denounce the atmosphere of fear, threats, and growing dangers.
Flora was born in Juba in 1985. She went to Khartoum in 1999 to study at Juba University which was relocated to the North during to the second civil war for the safety of staff and students. She graduated in 2004 and started her journalistic career at the Khartoum Monitor. She came back to Juba after the signature of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in 2005. She then started to work as an investigative journalist. She published and exposed many cases of corruption, political and corporate wrongdoings, smuggling of weapons and many more under-reported issues all across the country. She says the biggest threat is from the national security. ‘They are always watching us, arresting us, harassing us, taking our equipment, as if we were the enemies of the Nation’.
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