Juba, 23 May, 2022 / 10:20 am (ACI Africa).
A government official in South Sudan has urged the Media Authority in the East-Central African nation to support local journalists to “broadly” cover the envisioned July ecumenical visit that is to involve Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Moderator of the Church of Scotland, Jim Wallace.
Pope Francis is expected to arrive in South Sudan on July 5 in his two-African-nation pastoral trip that is to begin in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on July 2.
In a May 16 report by The City Review, South Sudan’s Commissioner of Information has been quoted as saying, “Local journalists should be supported in ensuring they get timely updates on the Pope’s activities in the country.”
“We will have very important visitors in the country. I want you (Media Authority) to do your job and ensure that local journalists cover the visit by the Pope and other Anglican leaders broadly,” Moyiga Nduru adds.
The South Sudanese official further says that local journalists “should be treated with the same respect as internationals who are expected to cover the Pontiff’s maiden tour to Juba.”