Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada
- in Juba, South Sudan
“Stop publishing articles on federalism”
That is the warning media outlets in South Sudan received in late June, through phone calls and visits from government security officers.
The National Security Service had decided that it was a threat to “national security” to discuss federalism – an approach to governance embraced by states around the world and already a feature of the interim South Sudanese Constitution. There was no written decree to back up their ominous warning.