WINDHOEK, Aug. 31 – Gwen Lister, the Executive Chairperson at Namibia Media Trust donated a framed Windhoek Declaration to President Hage Geingob at Statehouse today.
“The declaration itself as you know calls for a free and independent press in Africa and calls on all African governments to crate a enabling environment in order for those freedoms to strive. So all African journalist across the continent can interestingly report independently,”she said.
She added that UNSECO Director General Fredrico Mayor had succesfully managed to convince certain governmaints to release African journalists from jail.
“I thank you for your generous gift, I have had some issues with the Namibian newspaper reporting on some of the things regarding me which have no proof, but I have taken them up with my lawyer and will see how to handle it further onwards, I am not saying go report this but the cabinet has today take a decision not to go through with the land conference. I have received letter of complains that the state is not doing the land conference consultations right from a company named Namcov, youth groups and churches. The land conference has been postponed until further notice next year,” Geingob said.
He added that journalists must be ethical and very clear on what they are reporting and not just report just for the sake of reporting. – Jonsey Douglas