The offices of The Namibian were frequently the target of attacks by right-wingers. Here Gwen Lister and a staff member start the clean-up campaign after one of the attacks in 1988


With the start of The Namibian newspaper in 1985, founders Gwen Lister and Dave Smuts decided not to create an ownership structure with private shareholders, but instead set up a Trust which would aim to further the sustainability of The Namibian, safeguard its assets and reflect and promote the values and principles of press freedom, free speech and independent journalism.

The Trust activities became fully active in October 2011 after Lister handed over the reins of editor to Tangeni Amupadhi and took up the mantle of the Trust. This move put the spotlight on the wider context and workings of the Trust other than just The Namibian as had been the case up until then.

Activities of the Trust include advocacy and policy interventions to promote media freedom, free expression and access to information in Namibia and beyond. The Trust also provides practical, needs-based workshops, training and mentorship for journalists and non-editorial staff.

Lister is the Executive Chairperson of the NMT.

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Civil society gives input into Draft Data Protection Bill


The ACTION Namibia Coalition has urged the Namibian government to fast-track the promulgation of a Data Protection law to ensure that constitutional obligations, in this instance the protection and promotion of the right to privacy, are performed diligently and without delay. The NMT serves as secretariat to the Coalition.

Journalists caught in the crosshairs of Power, Politics and Corruption


Following is the official statement of the Namibia Media Trust (NMT) on the occasion of the 2022 commemoration of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists:

Government seeks public input on draft Data Protection Bill.


Namibians are urged to make written submissions on the draft Data Protection Bill by November 30, 2022. According to a public statement by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Government endeavours to put legislation in place to safeguard personal information from unauthorised use and ensure that personal data is lawfully collected, stored, processed and accessed.

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