Association for Media Development In South Sudan (AMDISS) was formed in 2003 before the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) of 2005.
AMDISS was formed by South Sudanese journalists in
the diaspora who are editors and owners of the leading media outlets for the then Southern Sudan, it started as a network through the internet/emails and it is a membership based organization.
"After listening to all discussions today, it has become clear that this discourse served as an eye-opener for all of us, especially media managers.
As a media advocacy organization, we organized this to prepare for the Elections."
Ms. Ayaa Irene, AMDISS' Director
Onziga Simon, a Radio Presenter for Radio Pacis in Arua District, Uganda, highlights the importance of collaborating with the Electoral Commission to enhance media coverage during elections.
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Effective collaboration & coordination among media outlets during election reporting is crucial.
Sharing materials like audio recordings or press releases with other news outlets expand information availability & ensure broader audiences are informed.
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Media has a responsibility to ensure gender-balanced reporting, maintain impartial coverage, & not favor any candidate or party.
Accreditation for election reporting should not deter journalists from covering elections, but rather make it easier during elections.
Session on Group Discussion:The participants are divided into three groups to discuss how media leadership and collaboration could be enhanced, and actions be taken to ensure media stands strong and thriving.Another group discusses the safety and protection of journalists, considering GESI in approach. GESI stands for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion.The third group brainstormed on mechanisms to address misinformation and disinformation during and after the general elections in 2024. ... See MoreSee Less
"It is not the media calling for elections; it is the constitution calling for it and therefore, as media we just have to prepare for it because we have a role to play," Ayaa stated."As we go for this discussion today as media leaders, I urge us to discuss our unity and solidarity as the media. Currently, we are not united as the media. As I speak now, one of the newspapers is closed down and since that happened, I have not seen media houses publishing stories about the closure of that media house. What does this tell us? This simply means that we are not united," she added.The media leadership network discussion on election preparedness is being attended by several media managers. ... See MoreSee Less
"I am wondering why the media in South Sudan is not standing strong as one especially when its right is being suppressed. When some members of the authority issued directives that media houses in South Sudan 'MUST' not cover the war in Sudan, the media kept silent. Why are you silent? How would you defend your rights when you are silent? Unity of the media is very important during and after the elections. Speak loud for yourself," Stephen Tut advised media managers during the Media Leadership Network Discussion on Elections Preparedness. ... See MoreSee Less
Veronica Lucy Gordon, “Female journalists should be given access to polling stations to report on the activities taking place there. Reporting on activities at polling stations is essential, especially informing the public on the turn-up of female voters who at the same time constitute a majority of the population as per the 2008 census. It can also address women's misrepresentation in the media.” ... See MoreSee Less
“USAID is committed to supporting independent media in South Sudan. That is why USAID partners IREX together with AMDISS in implementing the Sustainable Independent Media Activity in South Sudan. I would like to emphasize that continuous collaboration among media houses during elections is essential for enhancing coverage, promoting transparency, creating a wider audience, and advocating for democracy,” Patrick Riruyo, USAID Agreement Officer Representative, stated this during the Media Leadership Network Discussion on elections preparedness, attended by media managers at Royal Palace Hotel, Juba.The discussions aimed at preparing the media to cover the elections efficiently, ethically, and independently. ... See MoreSee Less