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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Namibian High Court’s historic ruling a victory for LGBTI rights


Namibian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) and other human rights organisations today celebrate the landmark ruling by the Namibian High Court, which declared the common law offences of sodomy and unnatural sexual offences unconstitutional and invalid.

Enhance your podcasting journey with the NXT Podcast Bootcamp and Fellowship


Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey into the world of podcasting? The Namibia Media Trust’s NXT Journalism Hub will be hosting the 3rd cohort of the NXT Podcast Bootcamp and Fellowship in Windhoek, Namibia, from July 15 to 19, 2024.

Another day, another celebration!


NXT Journalism Hub fellow Nelago Johannes is one of the most recent winners of ‘The Newsroom Challenge’. Nelago describes it as “a collaborative effort between AllAfrica and the ONE Campaign, aimed at addressing the pressing need for increased youth engagement with African issues through verified news from traditional media outlets”.

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