EFN launches 2019 Journalism Awards

30 Jul 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JUL (NAMPA) – The Editors’ Forum of Namibia (EFN) in collaboration with Namibia Media Trust, First National Bank and Ohlthaver & List Group on Tuesday launched the 2019 Journalism Awards in Windhoek.
EFN chairperson Joseph Ailonga said, the awards are launched with a specific purpose of encouraging journalists to practice quality journalism which contribute to good governance and democracy, because without democracy media will crash out and, which is bad for the society.
“We are going to reward quality journalism and discourage journalists from fake news because over the years, we have been receiving mixed feelings from the public, saying that the media has lost its quality,” said Ailonga.
At the same occasion, Namibia Media Trust Executive Director, Gwen Lister said good journalism needs to be supported to educate the society because the media helps in building democracy.
“I would like to thank all stakeholders involved in bringing back the awards. Good journalism needs to be supported to educate the society and this is going to encourage quality journalism. We need media democracy to avoid fake news, propaganda and so on as without media democracy, journalism will be suppressed,” said Lister.
The awards, to be held on 18 September, will have ten categories including the journalist of the year.
The last media awards were held in 2006 under the auspices of the Media Institute of Southern Africa.