Simataa expresses dissatisfaction with reporting

07 Dec 2018 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 07 DEC (NAMPA) – Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Stanley Simataa, on Thursday expressed dissatisfaction with media coverage from some media houses during 2018, labeling it reckless and transcending moral and ethical boundaries.
Simataa made these remarks at a media conference here on Thursday about Cabinet decisions taken at the last Cabinet briefing held on Tuesday.
The minister said he was aware of the competition in the industry to break a story first, however, journalists rushed to publish stories without verifying facts, while others reported stories from social media without validating information they received.
“Be critical. It is very important to be critical but at the same time report fairly. I know you have unfulfilled hunger to break the story but colleagues, be accurate and tell the story as it is without prejudice,” he advised.
The minister further bemoaned the media for allowing individuals to use it to fight their battles, stressing that it was the duty of a journalist to check background information thoroughly before publishing it.
“Do not throw your morals and ethics through the window; don’t become an instrument of someone to fight for them. I observed that you are letting people use you; don’t do that, don’t. Namibia is the only country you and I have, so don’t destroy it with negative reporting. We don’t want to settle for mediocrity, we want to strive for excellence,” pleaded Simataa.
The minister further indicated that he would engage the Editors’ Forum of Namibia as well as the Media Ombudsman next year to discuss issues pertaining to ethics and the publication of non-factual information, among others.