Namibean Group Urges Consultation on FOI Bill

7 May 2015

The Namibia Media Trust has called for consultation with the government on freedom of information legislation.

Gwen Lister, chairperson of the Namibia Media Trust (NMT) issued a statement on World Press Freedom Day saying that the media still struggles to access information from official sources, which in turn inhibits good investigative journalism and ethical practices.

“While Namibia’s information minister (Tjekero Tweya) recently said that a freedom of information act is currently in the starting blocks, it is important to ensure that this happens in a consultative environment in order for media freedom to be consolidated,” she said.

She said it is also imperative that citizens are given open and affordable access to the Internet in order to promote access to information, and to be guaranteed the freedom to exercise their opinions on this platform.

Minister Tweya on May 5 accused the media of abusing their freedom of expression for character assassination, according to a report in The Namibian.

 

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