Mute advises Geingob on freedom of media expression

President Hage Geingob held a meeting with the African Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights Special with special emphasis on freedom of expression and access to information in Namibia.

The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information who is also the Vice Chairperson for the African Commission for Human and Peoples' Rights, Laurence Mute encouraged the Namibian government to continue doing the good work on freedom of media expression as well as allowing the public to access information.

Mute said Namibia is doing well with regards to freedom of media and access to information and should dedicate its efforts in ensuring that it remains the best in Africa as a caring nation when it comes to freedom of media expression and accessing information should be a priority.

He said Namibia should continue using the same strategy in allowing freedom of media press and accessing valuable information including the use of social media because it forms part of democratic processes.

The Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information advised the Namibian Head of State not work against the media.

Do not kill the mosquito with a hammer. Do not hide information under the table, he said.

On his part, Geingob said Namibia is doing exceptionally well when it comes to treatment of media, adding that he believes in transparency and accountability.

He stated that media is powerful than a gun, saying Namibia has it on records that since independence no journalist was humiliated.

Also speaking at the event was the Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Engelbrecht Nawatiseb who said Namibia will soon pass a law that will enable media to operate without infringing the right of anyone.

Nawatiseb said once the legal processes and systems are exhausted, the ministry will then entertain relevant stakeholders to engage the formulation of the law.

Namibia reclaimed the position at the top of the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index in Africa for the year 2019, after losing it to Ghana last year.

The meeting was attended by media experts including the Namibia Media Trust Executive Director, Gwen Lister, Dr. Ololade Shyllon from International expert, Access to Information amongst others.

Source: Namibia Press Agency