New York - Authorities in South Sudan should immediately release and halt its harassment of his publication, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said.
Christopher was detained at the National Security Service headquarters in the capital Juba, on July 17, after responding to a summons, according to a report on the website of Eye Radio, the CPJ said in a statement.
On July 15, security services at the Juba airport briefly detained Christopher and seized his passport as he tried to fly to Nairobi, Kenya, according to a document seen by CPJ and the same Eye Radio report.
CPJ was unable to determine the reason for Christopher’s arrest, whether he had been charged with a crime, or whether he had been granted access to a lawyer.
On March 26, the South Sudan Media Authority suspended Al-Watan for alleged non-compliance with licensing requirements, according to a letter viewed by CPJ. The letter stipulated that Al-Watan must cease publication and journalistic activities until it complied with the requirements for license renewal.