Media must be watchdogs: Geingob

10 May 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 MAY (NAMPA) – The media must be watchdogs and guard against becoming lapdogs or attack dogs, President Hage Geingob said.
Addressing media practitioners during the belated commemoration of World Press Freedom Day here on Wednesday, Geingob said it was crucial for the fourth estate of Government not to become corrupted through lack of accountability and transparency.
He said a growing number of people in society today distrust the stories reported by the media, due to the abuse of media technology.
“This distrust has been capitalised upon by individuals who have given rise to growth in populist ideology and populism who champion the anti-establishment doctrine,” Geingob stated.
He said in a world where freedom of press is curtailed, people have become their own news bearers resulting in a flood of unsanitised and unverified information and fake news.
“When Government speaks of introducing checks and balances with regards to the press, we are not calling for our journalists to be muzzled, rather we are calling upon our journalists to practice their journalism with a clear conscience, liberated by accountability,” the President said.
World Press Freedom Day falls on 03 May and was this year commemorated under the theme ‘Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies’.