MICT Minister calls for fair media practices

23 Jul 2015 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 23 JUL (NAMPA) – The media is the key driver of debate that shapes national development and moulds a nation, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Tjekero Tweya says.
“Our president, His Excellency Dr Hage Geingob, has made transparency a pillar of his presidency and we cannot achieve this without a robust and fair media.” he said during a gala dinner event hosted by Omalaeti Productions in the capital on Tuesday.
The event was a combined anniversary of “The Villager” newspaper that was launched in 2011, and “Prime Focus” magazine launched in 2008.
The minister said Government has done a tremendous job to set up institutions that are training local media personnel and contributing towards skills development.
“It is with this in mind that we would like to see professionalism in the media industry improving by the day. I am talking about objective reporting and truthfulness, patriotism and responsible reporting.” he stressed.
Tweya further assured that the government will continue to prioritise the improvement of the media industry and also encourage all practitioners to continue executing the duties in the highest order of esteem, respect and professionalism.
He cautioned, the nature of global markets today is such that there is often a fine line that separates the path of continued expansion and that of grappling for survival in an increasingly competitive world.
“Therefore, smart partnerships are essential to exploit economic opportunities in today’s fast changing environment.” said Tweya.
He noted that challenges posed by social media to the print media are real, saying: “I believe that if print media continue to upgrade and adapt and stay relevant, they can retain strong support amongst the Namibian populace and elsewhere”.
Speaking at the same event, Omalaeti Productions founder, John Walenga, expressed gratitude to all stakeholders for the meteoric success the group enjoys and acknowledged the role staff had played in their success.
He further noted the expansionary endeavours the group had embarked upon through local film production.
Amongst the guests in attendance were Minister of Presidential Affairs Frans Kapofi, Secretary to Cabinet George Simataa and various leaders in corporate Namibia.
Local artists Big Ben and trio, PDK, provided the guests with sizzling performances on a rather chilly evening.