The president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, over the weekend made murder threats against journalists at the airport, just before jetting off to Ethiopia for peace talks.

Kiir, who has been recently under attacks over shutting down two privately-owned newspapers, said on Sunday, August 16:

 “If anybody among [journalists] does not know that this country has killed people, we will demonstrate it one day, one time. … Freedom of the press does not mean you work against the country.”

The reference was made to the protracted peace negotiations between him and his former vice, Riek Machar.

Kiir’s statement was followed by even harsher criticism, with the Committee to Protect Journalists having condemned the claim:

“The leader of any country threatening to kill journalists is extremely dangerous and utterly unacceptable. We call on President Salva Kiir to retract his comments immediately.”

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