UN Urges Release of South Sudan Journalist Detained Amid Unrest

The United Nations demanded South Sudan immediately release a veteran journalist detained by security forces in the wake of renewed violence in the oil-producing country.

Alfred Taban, the founder and editor-in-chief of an independent newspaper, was summoned to security services headquarters in the capital, Juba, on July 16, according to Reporters Without Borders. The UN mission in the country is calling for South Sudan to free him and protect freedom of expression, Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said Tuesday in New York.