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Media income distribution requires international political intervention: Mushelenga

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Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Dr Peya Mushelenga has said addressing income inequity in the media industry will require political intervention on an international scale.Mushelenga said this during the closing plenary of the Worl…

Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Dr Peya Mushelenga has said addressing income inequity in the media industry will require political intervention on an international scale.

Mushelenga said this during the closing plenary of the World Press Freedom Day’s global conference on Monday. The conference, which started on 29 April, was held under the theme ‘Information as a Public Good.’

According to the minister, there is a big challenge in finding a solution where income is distributed on a fair basis, considering that bigger electronic platforms earn the biggest share, while simply basing their modus operandi on data mining.

“That is likely to require political intervention on an international scale if we want to seriously address this inequity in the media industry. A small country such as ours will not be able to force a policy change by private enterprise of the size we are talking of,” he said.

Mushelenga also added that the media environment still allows for improvement and that Namibia is on the right track to turn information into a functional public good. He, however, said there is a need for equitable shares for all parties in the arena of the media industry.

Meanwhile in a statement read on his behalf, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said information as a public good is a cornerstone of human and peoples’ rights that cannot be enjoyed without ensuring access to information, as well as the safety and protection of journalists who play an essential role in enabling participatory democracy globally.

Journalism, he said, is not only important for information sharing but also for participation, accountability, good governance and democracy.

“The AU reiterates its commitment to promote the right of access to information in the digital age,” said Mahamat.

Source: Namibia Press Agency