The ACTION Coalition commended Namibia’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) for earnestly initiating the process of drafting both an access to information (ATI) law and updating the information policy for the country.
“The safety Namibian journalists enjoyed is waning, and those committed to democracy, media freedom, access to information and freedom of expression need to join our call for the safety of journalists,” MISA Namibia’s national director Natasha Tibinyane says.
Access to information is critical in a society that aims to strengthen citizen participation, promote critical thinking and debate, and achieve socio-economic justice. Namibians were not provided access to information on the Third Constitutional Amendment Bill, but were informed by the media, who had to use leaked information.
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has joined journalists, activists and civil society organisations from all over the world in calling for the release of three Al Jazeera journalists currently detained in Egypt.
Parliamentarians from the ruling party, Swapo, are reported to have expressed their annoyance with state-controlled media houses.
The Windhoek High Court has ruled that a defamation claim against “The Namibian” can proceed.
In a two-paragraph statement, the minister of Information and Communication Technology confirmed a recent cabinet decision that effectively ends the government-imposed ban.
Brigitte Weidlich was suspended without pay after writing a story about the termination of an agreement between the company that owns “Informante” and another company.
The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation’s Rundu-based reporter Wilfred Nyambe was fined N$2,000 (approx. US$295) by the Hambukushu Traditional Authority for allegedly reporting a biased story about the traditional authority.
Andreas Novotny, a freelance journalist, was punched by NFA Secretary General Barry Rukoro after he insisted on getting questions answered by the soccer official.
The newspaper’s management denied allegations that they had fired Max Hamata, claiming instead that he had resigned.
Max Hamata fears for his safety following the publication of an article that reported that former president Sam Nujoma had been flown to South Africa for medical treatment.
A police inspector had sued “Informanté” tabloid over a 2008 story entitled “Top cop accused of favouring love interests”.