EFN sends condolences to Van Schalkwyk family

13 Mar 2014 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAR (NAMPA) - The Editors’ Forum of Namibia (EFN) has expressed its condolences to the family of the late Paul van Schalkwyk, who passed away in a plane crash on Saturday.
The One Africa Television founder and group chairman died near the Etosha National Park while piloting his aircraft V5-PVS.
The EFN said in a media statement issued on Thursday it will remember Van Schalkwyk for his “sterling but quiet” support for the organisation from its infancy, and for his passion for freedom of expression.
“Indeed, Namibia can today boast of a respected self-regulatory or co-regulatory media mechanism, led by Media Ombudsman Clement Daniels, because of the support that Van Schalkwyk, and other Namibian media and freedom of expression champions, gave to the forum and the country,” it stated.
For three consecutive years, Namibia has been rated number one in Africa and highly in the world with regards to freedom of expression by Reporters without Borders for having systems such as the self-regulatory mechanism which allows people without economic or political clout to complaint against media behaving unethically.
The EFN said Van Schalkwyk not only expressed himself freely through his photography, but he made sure that the media house he co-founded became one of the strongest pillars of the editors’ forum.
“So as the country says farewell to Paul, EFN would like to urge all editors and journalists to continue to hold firmly to the ideals of free expression and to live up to the ethics of their profession,” it added.
A memorial service for the legendary photographer and filmmaker is slated for Monday at 16h00 at the Eros Airport in Windhoek.