Even as the country collapses, South Sudan's government will brook no criticism
By Jacey Fortin
JUBA, South Sudan - The shooting began around 5:15 on a Friday afternoon.
Dozens of journalists had gathered in the pressroom at the Presidential Palace--a walled compound also known as "J1"--in the capital city. Following a few days of rising tensions, culminating in a checkpoint shoot-out just the night before, the president, Salva Kiir and the vice president, Riek Machar, former wartime rivals, were expected to hold a news conference calling for peace.