South Sudan President, Salva Kiir

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has ordered for the closure of a popular radio in Juba.

Eye Radio formerly known as Sudan Radio Services was shut down this afternoon by Juba authorities.

Management of the radio says no reason was given for the shut-down but they say it could be linked to its liberal editorial policy.

“The senior management of Eye Radio would like to inform the general public that Eye Radio was shut down by authorities this afternoon”

Adding “At the moment, senior management of Eye Radio is following up with authorities with a view to immediately resolve this matter|”

In September 2016, Veteran South Sudanese journalist Isaac Vuni was found dead alongside a road, some three months after he was abducted from his home by unknown gunmen.

In August 2015, gunmen killed South Sudan reporter Peter Julius Moi by shooting him twice in the back in the capital, Juba. He was the seventh journalist to be killed that year in South Sudan, where a civil war was ongoing.

His killing came days after President Salva Kiir threatened to kill reporters “working against the country”.