The United States and United Kingdom welcomed the move by South Sudan to form the committee to investigate the death of journalist Christopher Allen but urged that the findings be made public.
A joint statement by the two countries sent to The City Review urged that the “formation of a committee must be followed by a thorough investigation that is credible. It added, “Its findings must be made public and lead to accountability.”
“The transitional government’s formation of a committee to investigate the death of journalist Christopher Allen more than six years after his death on August 26, 2017 is a long-awaited step in the right direction,” the report read partly.
In September 2017, the government Spokesperson Michael Makuei said that Allen was not targeted as had been reported.
“The journalist was not targeted as is being portrayed. He applied in June for accreditation but the government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs … denied him entry because of his hostile reporting, so he decided to make a short cut by entering the country illegally,” Makuei claimed.
The journalist, who was a dual national American-British citizen, was killed in August 26, 2017, while on duty covering clashes between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the Sudan’s People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO).
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