Editors' forum condemns police abuse towards journalists

03 Jun 2017 11:10am
WINDHOEK, 31 MAY (NAMPA) – The Editors' Forum of Namibia (EFN) has condemned the harassment, intimidation and verbal abuse journalists received from the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) at a crime scene recently.
The journalists’ equipment was also confiscated.
In a statement on Wednesday, the EFN appealed to NamPol Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga to investigate such incidences and take necessary action.
According to the statement, Josephine Mwashindange and Ester Noongo were covering an accident on 26 May when NamPol officers confiscated their camera and mobile phones in an apparent attempt to stop them from doing their work.
“Abusive language was also used in full public view,” the statement reads.
The police allegedly acted in such a way because the journalists did not introduce themselves properly.
The EFN is of the opinion that it is the duty of NamPol to protect civilians, including journalists, and treat them with respect and civility.
“Such behaviour by the police flies in the face of recent progress made to promote freedom of expression and the freedom of the media,” said the EFN.
NamPol Head of Public Relations Deputy Commissioner, Edwin Kanguatjivi told Nampa on Wednesday the incident report has not yet reached his office but promised that the necessary procedures will be followed.