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6 journalists arrested after footage of South Sudan president wetting himself goes viral

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Jakarta, IO – The viral footage showed South Sudan President Salva Kiir apparently urinating on himself at an official event to inaugurate a road project, reported CNN Indonesia, Tuesday (10/1). The video, believed to be recorded in December 2022, shows dark stains spreading down the 71-year-old president’s gray trousers as he stood while the national anthem was playing.

This video was never shown on national television, but it circulated widely on social media. The arrest was confirmed by the Union of Journalists of South Sudan. Its president Patrick Oyet revealed that journalists working for the state-owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation (SSBC) were detained last Tuesday and Wednesday.

“They allegedly knew how the video of the president urinating himself went viral,” said Oyet. The detained journalists consisted of camera operators Joseph Oliver and Mustafa Osman, video editor Victor Lado, contributor Jacob Benjamin and control room staff Cherbek Ruben and Joval Toombe.

Read: Philippines police arrest Indonesian national on alleged involvement in illegal arms trade

By law, South Sudanese authorities are allowed to detain suspects for only 24 hours before bringing them to court.

Kiir has been president since South Sudan became independent in 2011. Government officials have repeatedly denied rumors about his poor health. (un)

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