The Namibia AMB Report shows that Namibia’s media environment remains free to a large extent. However, there is a significant decline in the quantitative scores, especially in Sector One (2.4) of the 2022 AMB compared to the 2018 AMB (3.1) which indicates a downward trajectory in key indicators.
The report maintains that Namibia remains a leading example of press freedom in Africa and the world, although, there is room for improvement. It highlights passing the Access to Information Bill by the National Assembly as a positive development in Namibia’s media landscape. The Bill will facilitate the public’s access to information held by public and relevant private bodies. The AMB also highlights increasing plurality in the media in Namibia and the formation of the Namibia Media Professionals Union (NAMPU) to address matters related to working conditions and the safety of journalists. In addition, the report discusses the increasing editorial independence at the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and the granting of permanent employment to its former contract workers.
The report presents an opportunity for all stakeholders, including government actors, to engage in dialogue, develop interventions to preserve the gains in press freedom and access to information, and tackle the emerging challenges identified.
The link to the Namibia 2022 African Media Barometer Report: http://library.fes.de/pdf-files/bueros/africa-media/19645.pdf