With the start of The Namibian newspaper in 1985, founders Gwen Lister and Dave Smuts decided not to create an ownership structure with private shareholders, but instead set up a Trust which would aim to further the sustainability of The Namibian, safeguard its assets and reflect and promote the values and principles of press freedom, free speech and independent journalism.
The Trust activities became fully active in October 2011 after Lister handed over the reins of editor to Tangeni Amupadhi and took up the mantle of the Trust. This move put the spotlight on the wider context and workings of the Trust other than just The Namibian as had been the case up until then.
Activities of the Trust include advocacy and policy interventions to promote media freedom, free expression and access to information in Namibia and beyond. The Trust also provides practical, needs-based workshops, training and mentorship for journalists and non-editorial staff.
Lister is the Executive Chairperson of the NMT.Read More
There was lively discussion when the ACTION Coalition Namibia in conjunction with the Namibia Media Trust (NMT) recently launched their Access to Information (ATI) and Elections Briefing Paper at a local hotel at a ‘breakfast Conversations’ event.
Executive Chairperson of the Namibia Media Trust (NMT) Gwen Lister has encouraged students at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) to recognise the importance of quality information in building a knowledge-based society.
The draft Access to Information (ATI) bill, drawn up in 2016 after consultations between the Namibian government and civil society representatives, is yet to see the light of day. A delegation of civil society members, convened under the ACTION Coalition, today met with Ombudsman John Walters to discuss the status and content of the ATI legislation and how the process of promulgating a law may be