Working in one of the most difficult places for a journalist

Helen Toby is an assistant news editor at Eye Radio in South Sudan's capital city Juba. She had never thought of being a journalist, but was listening to Eye Radio one day and heard there were positions open for journalists and presenters. She decided to "give it a try.” 

Watch this video to learn more about Helen Toby and what it's like to work as a journalist in South Sudan.

"Being a journalist in South Sudan is not easy," says Toby. "Journalists are considered enemies of state. It’s not easy to go and get information from some government sources. You know, you might get arrested for passing information they think is a threat to them. South Sudan has now passed legislation for media rights – it’s for protecting rights for journalists and giving us the right to air information. But despite this deal that has been passed, journalists are still being arrested and detained inside the country. And that is the biggest challenge that needs to be addressed.
"For example, the recent outbreak of cholera in Juba. There are some people who don’t know what is cholera. So it is our responsibility to go and educate them. That is by passing to them information. You know if you want to help those people there, it’s only through journalism."

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