Namibia

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  • 27 August 2012

    Prospects Brighten for ATI Legislation in Namibia

    Namibian government officials are giving favorable signals about access to information legislation and civil society is organizing to push for it, according to recent reports and information provided to FreedomInfo.org. At a recent two-day conference the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda, addressed ATI in a speech read on his behalf by the […]

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  • 13 May 2011

    Namibians Denied Right to Information by Government

     By Nghidipo Nangola  Nangola is a film maker and producer May 3 is World Press Freedom Day and Namibia can pat itself on the shoulder for having guaranteed the freedom for journalists to collect, produce and disseminate information without hindrance. Aside of a few local journalists being roughed up by overzealous security men and one […]

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freedom of information

Text from 2011 World Bank review:

Namibia currently has no legal freedom of information framework.

Its Constitution provides the country’s general legal framework for other fundamental freedoms and delineates certain restrictions thereto, like national security and public order, but it does not reference FOI rights.

Further, other laws seem only to substantially limit the free public’s access to information. First, the Protection of Information Act of 1982, forbids disclosure of state secrets, information implicating national security, and any information obtained by virtue of government employment. Incidentally, this 1982 Act was enacted by South Africa and remains on the books in Namibia but has never been used by the Namibian authorities. Other provisions limiting access to government information concern Namibia’s national defense and criminal proceedings.

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LEGAL DOCUMENTS

None

 

RESOURCES

Statement by Office of Prime Minister (2008)

 

Report by Global Information Society Watch (2009)

 

Report by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (2007)

 

Report by MISA Namibia (2007)

 

ORGANIZATIONS

MISA  Namibia

 


 

Measuring Openness

Global Right to Information Rating
A country-by-country rating of laws by the Centre for Democracy and Law and Access Info.

 

Freedom House
The Freedom in the World report.

 

World Bank
Worldwide Governance Indicators

 

Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index
Measures perceptions of the degree of corruption.

 

Reporters Without Borders
The Press Freedom Index.