Namibia top media freedom index in Africa again

19 Apr 2019 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 19 APR (NAMPA) – Namibia reclaimed the position at the top of the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Index in Africa for the year 2019, after losing it to Ghana last year.
Globally, the country took the 23rd position out of 180 countries ranked.
Ghana is now second in Africa and South Africa third.
In light of this, Presidency Press Secretary Alfredo Hengari in a statement on Thursday said President Hage Geingob is “committed to ensure press freedom in the country”, which he also emphasised during his State of the Nation Address earlier this week.
Geingob said the media plays a pivotal role in shining light on processes, systems and institutions in a democracy and should view itself as an integral component of the governance architecture.
“As long as our electorate put us here, our government will guarantee freedom of the Fourth Estate, which plays a constructive role in the Namibian house,” said Geingob.
He also said the government recognises that access to information is a critical enabler of the electorate in holding elected leaders accountable, in transparency and to increase public levels of trust in the government.
The president then vowed that the Access to Information Bill will be tabled in Parliament this year.