Three weeks after the South Sudan government ordered The Citizen media group in Juba to close its doors, some 75 staff newspaper and television workers have been laid off, the editor-in-chief said Monday.
Nhial Bol said he and the media group’s management took the difficult decision to send workers home without pay because the forced closure of the company has cut off revenues and negatively affected the bottom line.
"We studied the situation, and we cannot afford to have 75 people who are doing nothing," Bol said. "We cannot maintain them. So we decided both the newspaper and television staff have to go home. All the staff have gone now.” READ MORE OF THIS STORY FROM VOA