WINDHOEK, SEPT. 13 – FNB Namibia has sponsored an upcoming Editor’s Forum of Namibia (EFN) event taking place on 27 September 2018, that commemorates International Right to Information Day.
At this occasion guests can look forward to a presentation by South African investigative journalist, Mr. Jacques Pauw, a well-known author of the best seller The President’s Keepers. Short addresses will also be delivered by selected Namibian dignitaries and media experts.
Elzita Beukes, Communications Manager at FNB Namibia said FNB firmly believed that an independent press is one of the essential pillars of democracy and that journalists play a key role in shaping public opinion and lending a voice to all people within the democratic country.
“As a corporate we want to be a partner to the media and as such have supported this initiative with an amount of N$ 100 000,” she added.
Beukes also said that the media in Namibia had always been a valued partner of FNB.
“It is important for us that the media continues to write stories that are balanced, fair and well research, and organisations such as the EFN, the office of the Media Ombudsman and other media-related organisations need to continue supporting journalists to enable them to do just that.”
Joseph Ailonga, Chairman of the EFN, expressed the Forum’s gratitude and said it is in the interest of Namibia’s corporate and civil society to have a healthy media landscape.
In April this year Reporters Without Borders announced that Namibia dropped in the press freedom rankings and was no longer the forerunner in Africa. It was said that although Namibia’s Constitution guaranteed free speech and protected journalists, there was the lack of a freedom of information law, which counts against the country. In 2016 Namibia was ranked 17th in the world and has now dropped to 26th this year. – email@example.com