National Press Club-South Sudan is a non-profit and nongovernmental media organization, serving as a platform where both the local and international journalists operating in South Sudan gather to share their experience, challenges, progress as well as helping to ensure healthily democracies through robust and professional media practices, bolstering transparency in public affairs, raising public awareness on important development issues, as well as facilitating debate and the dynamic exchange of information and ideas.
The engagement of NPC-SS is essential to enhancing the visibility of media practitioners and public education on the media-related activities to cement the mutual trust as the public-media trust shrinks. NPC-SS strives to work with journalists, freelancers as well as media practitioners in their capacity as multipliers of information, to report the issues of human rights, corruption, and gender-based violence.
Cooperate with journalists and media practitioners to reach out to a wide variety of stakeholders to advocate for press freedom and access to information. NPC-SS shapes public opinion through addressing the information gap, corrects the misinformation and FAKE news that in most cases sneaks to the public audience and causes conflict among the communities.
The potential benefits of creating NPC-SS are significant; not only does it support the empowerment of journalists and media practitioners to act as catalysts for good governance and sustainable development, it also promotes new horizons of cooperation and synergies with the National Press Clubs in the region and the world at large via networking and sharing of information, and collaboration amongst the journalists. Such a network would also facilitate outreach and public awareness on issues regarding press freedom and access to information.
The NPC-SS established in accordance with South Sudan Media Act 2013 quoted as saying, (n) Journalists shall have the right to form professional associations and to promote professionalism through training, education, and writing of codes of ethics and advocate for editorial independence, the rights of journalists and the rights of an independent media without interference.
Above all, the NPC-SS complements the efforts being exerted by other media organizations to create reliable and vibrant media in South Sudan. It is, however, established to address the challenges facing journalists and help in creating a conducive working environment for journalists both local, international, and freelancers.