SAEF congratulates Namibian editors

27 Jun 2015 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 27 JUN (NAMPA) – The Southern African Editors' Forum (SAEF) congratulated Namibian editors for electing a new executive committee.
The new executive is headed by radio broadcasting manager, Joseph Ailonga, the general manager of Energy 100FM.
SAEF Chairperson, Jovial Rantao said in a media statement issued on Wednesday the forum is pleased to note that members of the Editors' Forum of Namibia (EFN) have not only changed guard timeously to infuse a stronger broadcasting leadership and participation in the EFN, but have explicitly rejected statutory regulation of broadcasters preferring to stick to the current holistic self-regulatory mechanism as adjudicated by the Media Ombudsman.
“Effective self-regulation is the best system for promoting high standards in the media,” Rantao said.
He added that Namibian editors deserve commendation for uploading the African Union (AU) Commission's Declaration of Principles of Freedom of Expression.
Ailonga is the first editor from the broadcasting industry to be elected as EFN chairperson at its annual general meeting held in Windhoek on 19 June this year. He replaced Eberhard Hofmann, deputy editor at Allgemeine Zeitung, who had been EFN chairperson for 12 years.