Some media fraternities think they own access to information: Tweya

27 Sep 2017 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 27 SEP (NAMPA) – Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Tjekero Tweya has accused some media fraternities of thinking that they own access to information in Namibia.
Tweya said this in a keynote address delivered at the launch of the Namibia Internet Governance Forum here on Wednesday.
Explaining why the Access to Information Bill was not yet tabled in Parliament, he said there were consultations that needed to be done with the people in the remote areas who do not have access to information.
Tweya said in terms of access to information, media practitioners were merely the carriers of information on consultations to be done with the people in the remote areas on what type of information they want and how they want it.
“Do not think that you care more than I do, as you do not even consult with them, I am always in villages and know better than you,” Tweya said.
He emphasised that the delay was caused by the need to consult communities in remote areas who have asked to be consulted.
“It is not that I do not want to table the bill, but we must consult everyone, including those that some media do not consult,” he said, adding that from the reach of certain newspapers, television and radios, it was clear that some people have been left out.
Under the Harambee Prosperity Plan, Government seeks to promote access to public information, by cutting out the bureaucratic nature of getting it from public bodies.
The bill was to have been tabled and passed this year according to pledges made at the commemoration of the Universal Access to Information Day on 28 September last year.