FOR Namibia to be ranked among the world’s leaders in the 2020 World Press Freedom Index, and as the African country with the most press freedom for the second consecutive year is a tremendous achievement of which the whole country should be proud.
The Ambassador of the United States of America to Namibia, Lisa Johnson in a special message said she was very impressed to see that Namibia ranked as highly on the index as it did.
“On World Press Freedom Day, I extend my congratulations to all Namibians,” she said.
Johnson was of the opinion that successes like Namibia’s press freedom take commitment and attention from every part of society.
“Daily, Namibian journalists exercise this right in print, online, and on the airwaves. The Namibian government is setting new standards of access, openness, and transparency through its COVID-19 Communications Centre and its twice-daily briefings,” she said.
Johnson said she has observed that Namibians are deeply engaged in the public dialogue and exercising their right of free speech.
“Witnessing Namibia’s leadership on this fundamental right, I find it fitting that the idea for World Press Freedom Day was inspired here, in Namibia, on May 3, 1991, by the Windhoek Declaration.”
She said for democratic societies like Namibia and America, freedoms are the source of strength, and the foundation of the successful relationship between the two countries.