Democracy in the Post-Truth Era – a Namibian Case Study
Figuratively speaking, we need to run onto a few more muddy rugby fields and make a united stand to rescue society from the destructive forces of disinformation, lies and propaganda. To continue to speak truth to power. To aim to build democracies through empowered citizens, because the poor, powerless, and humiliated masses are most susceptible to the appeal of populist demagogues and authoritarians ready to exploit their plight. The pursuit of truth comes at a price, and we must be willing to pay it in order to withstand the triumph of dishonesty.
NMT Submission - 2018 ICT Review
The NMT has responded to the invitation of the Ministry of Communication and Technology (MICT) to study the existing Information and Community Technology (ICT) policies and make formal submissions of any possible sections of the Communications Act and other policies that need to be repealed, amended or reviewed.
The role of African media in promoting and entrenching the ethos of the SDGs
WHAT we know or do NOT know determines our response to it, WHAT IS REPORTED reported and HOW it is reported goes some way in shaping the policy and State action agenda, and has implications for the millions of people whose lives are affected. In this statement, we have reinforced and acknowledged the importance of the mass media as key drivers for the spread of information.
The Guerrilla Typewriters - Liberation Through Information
The guerilla typewriters of the 80s and 90s were voices of independent African journalism who were brave and ethical and served the public interest. Many of them were brought together – thanks to UNESCO - in the Namibian capital of Windhoek in 1991 to formulate a declaration which would go on to inspire the UN to declare May 3 World Press Freedom Day.
The Voice of the Youth and Ethical Challenges Using New Media For Dialogue
Social media should be used as a tool to promote accountability rather than just for personal gratification, says Gwen Lister, executive chairperson of the Namibia Media Trust. She was speaking at the Affirmative Repositioning (AR) movement's critical consciousness dialogue on Tuesday. The dialogue aimed to sensitise the youth about ethical challenges related to using social media.
Government Channels & Information Flows
It becomes increasingly apparent that there is a deteriorating media environment across the Commonwealth, with largely blocked government channels and impeded information flows, with few exceptions.
Fifth Gender and Media Summit - The Windhoek Declaration
All too often, declarations remain simply pieces of paper filed away and forgotten. But the Windhoek Declaration is different, and its impact is still being felt today.
Fifth Gender and Media Summit - Freedom of Expression and Women in Media
We are all aware that equal enjoyment of the right to freedom of expression is easier said than done. We also know this goal remains elusive, especially when it comes to historically disadvantaged groups, in particular women, but also others like refugees and indigenous and sexual minorities.
Namibia's Foreign Policy: Fit for the 21st Century?
The realm of diplomacy ... is no longer an exclusive domain of governments. There are other actors on the national, regional and international scene. Public opinion is increasingly shaping foreign policy, hence the need for the Government of the Republic of Namibia to constantly communicate her position on domestic, regional and international issues.
What would an ATI law mean for Namibia? - Panel presentation
Access to information is a cornerstone of democracy, and it is positive that Namibia is working on an ATI law, which once done, it is hoped, will be a ‘good’ law, appropriately implemented, fully enforced and user¬â€ÂÂfriendly.
UNESCO Blog contribution - Helsinki 2016
A contribution to the official blog of Unesco for the 2016 global World Press Freedom Day celebrations.
Keynote Address - Helsinki 2016
Keynote address by NMT Executive Chairperson, Gwen Lister, to the global World Press Freedom Day celebration in Helsinki, Finland, on May 3, 2016.
National Anti-Corruption Conference
The more we shine a light on corruption, and if media is enabled to do so in an environment that encourages full exposure of the scourge, the less likely corruption will be able to flourish in dark places.
National Anti-Corruption Conference - Investigative Journalism can Shine a Light into Dark Places
Good investigative journalism is essential in holding power accountable. Many have said this before, and many have said it better. Walter Lippman is one who, nearly a century ago, equated great journalism to the “beam of a searchlight that moves restlessly about, bringing one episode and then another, out of darkness and into vision”.
Launch of WordPress
WordPress is a joint venture between the Namibia Media Trust (NMT), the owners of The Namibian and local businessman Wolfram Jauss. The company's total investment including print works, property and plant is N$69 million to date, part of which was financed by the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN).