Listeners Club beat Radio Presenters in a friendly football match.

Wau, February 14, 2024 – NPC South Sudan with support from USAID through the IREX SIMA project held a friendly match between the Radio Presenters Club and the Radio Listeners Club on 13, February 2024, in Wau as part of the World Radio Day celebration.
The match which ended 3:0 in favor of the Radio listener’s club was played at SALAM football ground, Wau. It was aimed at bolstering the relationship between the Radio listeners (Wau community) and the Radio presenters and managers.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, NPC-SS Executive Director, Mr. Ochaya James said the football match was organized to promote social cohesion between Radio presenters and Radio listeners in Wau.
James expressed sincere thanks to the community of Wau for their support to the Radio and journalists in Western Bahr-el Gazal saying, that without their contribution, the Radio and journalists would mean nothing.
He urged the journalists and listeners to use the opportunity of World Radio Day as an avenue for renewing their commitment to always educate, entertain, and inform the citizens with accurate, reliable, and credible information to maintain trust.
The Executive Director also extended warm thanks to USAID and IREX for the financial support and for choosing NPC-SS as a trusted implementing partner for the SIMA project. “I also want to thank our partners USAID and IREX for having supported our ideas that led to the success of this activity; without them, this activity would not be possible.”
Mr. James reaffirmed NPC-SS’s commitment to continue supporting the media development agenda in South Sudan and pledged to work with different stakeholders to achieve the vision of creating a conducive working environment for media personnel and journalists in South Sudan.
Sports remain the most powerful tool with the potential to create and sustain peaceful relationships; NPC-SS has used sports on different occasions and times to create social cohesion between different entities, and it remains an invaluable tool to enhance peaceful coexistence.

Celebrating the Power of Radio: NPC-SS Supports UNESCO in Commemoration of World Radio Day in Bor

Bor, Jongolei State, February 13, 2024 – the National Press Club-South Sudan (NPC-SS) joined hands with UNESCO to commemorate World Radio Day at the Park Palace Hotel in Bor, Jongolei State. The event brought together media professionals, government representatives, and experts in the field to discuss the challenges and potential of radio in South Sudan.


During the opening ceremony, Mr. Poverty Alfred, the representative of the National Press Club-South Sudan, underscored the significant impact of radio in the country’s history. He called for dialogue and open discussions to address the issues between journalists and security forces.

Alfred emphasized that fostering a good relationship between journalists and the security forces would lead to the development of the media industry, improve the quality and accuracy of information, and ultimately contribute to the overall development of South Sudan. He reiterated that journalists are not enemies but messengers whose role is to disseminate information to the public.
Ms. Doreen Loboka, the senior communication officer for UNESCO, urged the government to create an enabling civic space for people to freely express their opinions, especially as the country was heading towards general elections. She emphasized the effective use of radio by the government to communicate its expectations to the people.
Loboka emphasized the importance of embracing both government and private media, as they both play vital roles in building a democratic government.
Maj. Gen Elias Kosta, the spokesperson for the Jongolei State Police, acknowledged the potential for misunderstandings between the media and the police due to inaccurate information. He called for mutual understanding and highlighted the need to recognize the contributions of police officers working in media organizations.
Kosta urged media organizations to consider awarding police officers who are involved in journalistic work and to focus on highlighting the positive aspects of the police’s work to educate the public.
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National Press Club Celebrates World Radio Day in Wau

Wau: February 13, 2024 – The National Press Club South Sudan (NPC-SS) in South Sudan joined the global community in celebrating World Radio Day. The event, organized by the National Press Club with support from USAID funding through IREX, took place at the Rose Hotel in Wau, Western Bhar El Gazal state.
During the opening ceremony, Mr. David John, the Director General of the Ministry, commended the NPC and IREX for their unwavering support to the people of Western Bhar-el-Gazal State, particularly in Wau. He expressed gratitude for the solidarity shown by NPC-SS and IREX in organizing this significant activity for the fourth time in Wau.
Mr. David emphasized that the State Government alone cannot adequately support journalists and media workers in Western Bhar-el-Gazal. However, with the assistance of partners like NPC-SS, through their donor USAID, and IREX, he expressed optimism for progress in the media environment.
He urged journalists to adhere to ethical standards and principles, providing citizens with reliable and accurate information, especially as the country approaches crucial periods of elections and constitution-making processes.
Mrs. Delphina Roba, the Deputy Chairperson of NPC-SS, explained that World Radio Day (WRD) was proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in 2011 and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012. The chosen date, February 13, commemorates the creation of United Nations Radio in 1946.
“As we celebrate a century of radio informing, entertaining, and educating, it is an opportunity to recognize the extensive virtues and ongoing power of this medium,” Mrs. Roba stated. She noted that radio is statistically popular and highly trusted by the public, but faces challenges from digital platforms, social media, generational divides, censorship, and economic hardships.
Meanwhile, Mr. James Deng Dimo, the NPC-SS coordinator in Western Bhar-El-Gazal, expressed gratitude to the NPC-SS Juba office for selecting Wau as the location for celebrating World Radio Day. He emphasized the importance of radio in creating awareness, informing citizens about current affairs, and promoting peaceful coexistence and reconciliation in society.