Misa says farewell to Poolman

10 Nov 2015 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 10 NOV (NAMPA) – The late Jan Poolman was one of the journalists who laid the foundation for the country's journalists to do their work professionally and effectively, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) Namibia says.
Misa Namibia National Director Natasha Tibinyane said this in her message of condolences during a memorial service held for Poolman on Monday.
Veteran journalist, Poolman, died after a short illness last week Tuesday.
“Misa Namibia has always maintained that one of the main reasons why we enjoy media freedom is because, even before Independence, we've had journalists who upheld the principles and ethics required from the fourth estate (media), and external forces - in particular our government - could find no justification for interference,” she noted.
Tibinyane recognised his commitment to the journalism practice of ethical and professional journalism.
“Poolman was also a mentor to many young journalists, including myself,” she said, adding that he passed on his knowledge and experience in regards to the practice of journalism and why it is critical for the growth and strengthening of Namibia’s young democracy.
“His life was dedicated to meeting deadlines, and as we all know, such a life does not always consider that journalists have a life outside of the newsroom.
“Jan's legacy will live on in the practice of professional and ethical journalism by Namibian journalists, and he will remain in our memory and Hall of Fame,” she added.
Poolman will be cremated in Windhoek in due course.