Slanderous Cypher must be shut down: NAMIU

23 May 2014 18:17pm
WINDHOEK, 23 MAY (NAMPA) – The Namibia Music Industry Union (NAMIU) is fighting tooth and nail to have a website that publishes slanderous information about local musicians and celebrities, shut down.
Speaking to Nampa about the issue on Friday, NAMIU national coordinator Johannes Shalipo Haludilu, also known as Chally, said the union has approached Government for assistance to have the website called Cypher Media closed down.
“I submitted letters to the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) and Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) on Thursday requesting that they close Cypher Media down,” he said.
Documents seen by Nampa indicate that Cypher Media CC is owned by Patrick Angelo Haingura, and the website is hosted by Omalaeti Music.
Haludilu said the union’s decision to approach the ministry and CRAN followed an “unproductive” meeting they had with the management of Cypher, Omalaeti and the artists last Saturday.
“We are seeking Government intervention as our meeting ended in a deadlock. What is worse is that the website is still continuing to publish such articles,” he told this news agency.
He said the first step in the fight against the defamatory articles was a demonstration by more than 30 Namibian musicians in Windhoek last Tuesday.
The artists handed over a petition to the office of the Media Ombudsman, Clement Daniels, complaining about the slanderous and deceptive content on the website.
More than 50 artists and celebrities signed the petition handed over to the Media Ombudsman.
In the same petition, they also indicated their intention to have the operation of the website halted as it is causing a lot of damage to the artists’ careers and the entertainment industry.
Also speaking to this news agency on Friday, musician Albert ‘Mushe’ Ulenga said the website is sabotaging artists’ careers as it spreads lies about them.
“They write all these lies and deceive our fans. It is not funny anymore, and it very is difficult for us to change how negative people think about what they read in the media. I want it shut down immediately, whoever has the power to do it must do it,” Mushe said.