Nairobi, August 5, 2015--Authorities in South Sudan have shut down three independent media outlets in the past five days, according to news reports and the outlets' editors. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the closures, which come as international mediators seek to arrive at a peace deal between the government and the armed opposition following months of civil war.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced since the civil war started in December 2013, pitting forces loyal to President Salva Kiir against those supporting former vice-president Riek Machar, news reports said. The South Sudanese government has come under pressure by the international community to sign a peace deal brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, an eight-country trade bloc in Africa, later this month. Local journalists told CPJ authorities are cracking down on the media as pressure mounts on the government to commit to a peace deal.