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.Read More
From 16 to 20 September 2019, Commissioner Lawrence Mute undertook an advocacy visit to the Republic of Namibia, in his capacity as the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa (Special Rapporteur), a special mechanism of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (the African Commission).
Local media practitioners feel the access to information law in Namibia is long overdue. This comes after the Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Engel Nawatiseb, this week revealed that the legislation dealing with access to information has been signed off and is currently with legal drafters to ensure that provisions enshrined in the legislation are guaranteed.
Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology Engel Nawatiseb has revealed that Namibia’s legislation that will deal with access to information has been signed off and is currently with legal drafters to ensure provisions to be enshrined in the legislation. The Access to Information Bill was signed off last week – September 9.