Government says it will not investigate the killing of American journalist

American journalist Christopher Allen

The government ruled out Wednesday any steps for an investigation into the killing of a US freelance journalist in the town of Kaya near the Ugandan border over the weekend.

Christopher Allen, 26, was killed in clashes between government forces and rebels on Saturday.

Information Minister Michael Makuei told reporters in Juba that Allen had been denied entry into South Sudan because of hostile reporting.

He further said the late American journalist entered South Sudan illegally and decided to work with rebels.

Makuei pointed out that Allen died together with some of his rebel colleagues. “As a government of South Sudan, Allen was killed in combat or was killed in action … Allen died side by side with some of his rebel colleagues,” he said.

“There are people who are still calling for investigations. I am failing to understand who is that to be investigated?” He asked.

However, Makuei sent condolences to the family and friends of Allen. “As a government of South Sudan we pass our condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Christopher Allen,” he said.

Allen’s body was handed over to the US embassy in the capital, Juba on Tuesday.

Source: Radio Tamazuj

  • lucky strike

    This is an outrage MAKUEI has no understanding of a DEMOCRATIC Nation and should be relieved of his of authority! Freedom of the PRESS is essential and if he denies that what is he hiding!?!?!?! Allen was a talented journalist who told the stories of humans in strife. I am ashamed of MAKUEI claiming that the Rebels were his colleagues! It is obvious this man has no understanding of free PRESS and should be investigated internationally for crimes against the international PRESS! Do not call your country Democratic if you treat respected journalists like so! SHAME SHAME SHAME! HOT IN JUBA where did you steal this photo of Christopher from?