‘Talk of Juba’ editor mentioned in South Sudan hate speech report

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16 Jan 2017 (Nyamilepedia) — ‘Talk of Juba’ editor has been named by monitors of hate speech as one of those promoting hate speeches and inciting violence online that is tearing apart the young nation of South Sudan.

Sisi Majok who’s real name is Adhieu Majok is the ‘Talk of Juba’ online news website, she has been mentioned by monitors as one of several “influencers” using social media and other online avenues to encourage hate speech and incitement to violence that is ripping apart communities and fuelling the bloody tribal civil war wrecking South Sudan.

According to gathered reports by monitoring groups like #defyhatenow organisation which works with Peace Tech Lab, a Washington DC based non profit agency, and also youth civl society organisations in South Sudan to stop online hate speeches fuelling the civil war, through monitoring, investigating,  interviewing and mapping hate speeches amongst South Sudanese individuals and community online in order to stop the practise.

Adhieu Majok (Sisi Majok) who was initially seen as an activist for rights has now be named as one of those promoting hate speeches that is feeling South Sudan ethnic war, She has been an editor for the online newspaper ‘Talk of Juba’, she is also believed to co-edit for another pro-government affiliated online news ‘National Courier’, she’s believed to have been using Facebook and Twitter to promote hate speeches inciting violence within South Sudanese communities.

Known as Sisi Majok online and on social media, she hails from Warrap but believed to be educated and grown up in the United Kingdom town of Birmingham, however it’s not clear how she got dragged into hate speech.

Adhieu or ‘Sisi’ Majok has used her online media access to promote online hate speeches and inflammatory rhetoric that is believed to have ended up with individuals or communities picking up arms or machetes to kill other communities

Writings by Adhieu and also other individuals are believed to have encouraged clashes between pro government Dinka ethnic group to target other South Sudanese groups leading to massacres in some parts of the country.

In November, the UN warned that ethnic cleansing is underway and that the fighting could spill into genocide. Government and rebel leaders stand accused of orchestrating Facebook and Twitter campaigns inciting the violence.

According to US Buzzfeed.com website other hate incitement extremists include Mading Ngor who is a BBC Journalists in Juba, Ayuel Maluak Ayuel Atem who edits pro-government National Courier and another controversial figure known as Gordon Buay who doubles as a South Sudanese government diplomat in Washington DC, Sisi is believed to have worked together with some of the individuals mentioned to carry out extreme campaign of hate online.

Several other South Sudanese writers have also been named as part of a campaign to incite violence or promoted hate speeches including the South Sudanese diplomat in Washington known as Gordon Buay.

Buay has gone on social media openly calling on the government to wipe out Equatorians and Nuer who want to rebel against the government of president Kiir, he is believed to have also attacked the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in several of his hate speech postings.

“Social media has been used by partisans on all sides, including some senior government officials, to exaggerate incidents, spread falsehoods and veiled threats or post outright messages of incitement,” a separate report by a UN panel of experts released in November reads..

“It has the potential to create a Rwanda situation massively accelerated through the use of social media,” Stephen Kovats, a Berlin-based researcher who helps run #defyhatenow, an organization tracking and combating online hate speech in South Sudan, said. “Linkages between social media, and word of mouth, and ending up with a gun in the hand or a machete, those are fairly clear.”

The anti-hate groups #defyhatenow, and #AnaTaban which is an online South Sudanese artist group, are some of those organisations working to combat online hate by posting positive peace messages while encouraging positive postings, they are also challenging incitement speeches and postings, and encouraging people to collect screenshots of hate speech for future prosecutions.

It’s not immediately clear whether the Sisi’s online news website ‘Talk of Juba’ which is popular with young readers has also been used as part of the campaign to promote and incite violence through hate speeches.

The South Sudan’s hate speech groups story has been published on US online website buzzfeed.com

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