Regulation & Policy - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- A Sudanese radio journalist has been arrested by local authorities in South Sudan two weeks ago and his whereabouts remains unknown, his news organization has revealed. The US-funded Sudan Radio Service (SRS) said that its reporter, Mohamad Arkou Ali, was snatched on 11 May in South Sudan's town of Wau, the capital of Western Bahr El-Ghzal State, by plain-cloth security men on the accusation of taking photos without a government permit. According to SRS, Arkou was sent to Wau on an official assignment to gather news and programs and has been incommunicado since his arrest. SRS said it dispatched a delegation to Wau on Thursday, 12 May, to meet with Western Bahr El Ghazal authorities in order to secure Arkou's release but the attempt has failed.

- On Saturday, 28 May 2011, the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) presented a special award, Friend of the Media, to former president Nelson Mandela in acknowledgement of his legendary efforts - both in and outside the office - to support a free and independent media.