EFN condemns intimidation of journalists

 EFN condemns intimidation of journalists

The Editors’ Forum of Namibia (EFN) is greatly concerned at the intimidation of journalists at two events over the past weekend.
The EFN was referring to the behaviour of supporters of former independent presidential candidate, Dr Panduleni Itula, and some opposition parties at the Embandu Sports Field in the Oshana Region, where journalists of the national broadcaster, the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), were chased away, saying it was not just uncalled for, but worrying.
EFN also recalled another incident where supporters disturbed another meeting at the Youth Complex in Katutura.
The forum has indicated that these threats and often-vile abuse have become even more pronounced on various Internet platforms/ social media platforms, noting that often this type of uncontrolled behaviour, sadly often leads to deaths of journalists elsewhere in other parts of the world.
It has reminded the public that the right to information, freedom of expression and criticism is one of the fundamental rights of any person, the rights and duties of any journalist originate from this right and are cardinal in the course of duty.
It is in society’s own interest to respect these rights and allow journalists to perform their duty unhindered.
The EFN thus calls on political parties and other institutions and organisations to work with journalists, rather than against them and to warn their members or supporters against the commission of crimes which include threats to cause grievous bodily harm against any person including a journalist.