THE Namibian press aided by quality journalism has the potential to deepen accountability and trust in all spheres of society and should be harnessed to inform the nation responsibly.
In commemoration of Press Freedom Day, President Hage Geingob commended the Namibian media for the critical role it plays in promoting democracy, national unity and social cohesion.
“As the fourth estate, the media serves as a core partner in governance architecture and in that vein, it has an important role to play in promoting development and buttressing unity and democracy.”
With regards to the theme for this year’s World Press Freedom Day Dr. Geingob said that in an age of disinformation, and a year of elections in several African countries, including Namibia, he is pleased to note that events will convene under the theme of “Journalism and Elections in times of Disinformation”.
“As the fourth estate, the Press is a core partner in our governance architecture. In that vein, it has an important role to play in promoting development, buttressing our unity and democracy. The potential of the Press to deepen accountability and trust should be harnessed by quality journalism that informs citizens on the basis of facts.”
Namibia this year reclaimed the number one position as the country with the freest press in Africa according to Reporters without Borders. Prior to Namibia reclaiming the position, President Geingob emphasized commitment to greater accountability and informed in his State of the Nation Address on 17 April 2019 that the Namibian Government would table in Parliament an Access to Information Bill in 2019.
Following a recommendation by UNESCO, in December 1993, the United Nations General Assembly declared 3 May as World Press Freedom Day. The day, which is part of the anniversary of the 1993 Windhoek Declaration is used to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom and to assess its state around the world.