Namibian president applauds role of press in fight against COVID-19

Namibian President Hage Geingob addresses at the inauguration ceremony of the Walvis Bay International Airport new Terminal Building at Walvis Bay, Namibia, on July 22, 2016. The airport's new building was built by Chinese construction company, New Era Investments at a cost of about 900 million Namibian dollars (62 million U.S. dollars) and now is able to handle a sustained passenger flow of 200 passengers per hour catering for one-million passengers per annum. Walvis Bay International Airport is the busiest airport at Namibia's coastline. (Xinhua/Wu Changwei)
Hage Geingob

Namibia President Hage Geingob on Sunday applauded the role of the press in the fight against COVID-19.

In his message on World Press Freedom Day, which is celebrated under the theme “Journalism without Fear or Favour”, Geingob said he appreciated the essential service journalists provide at a time when Namibia and the international community is faced with the challenge of a devastating health pandemic.

“World Press Freedom Day 2020 is marked in the middle of COVID-19, which makes journalists and reporters as frontline workers deserving of our collective praise for putting their lives at risk to ensure that valuable information is shared with the public,” Geingob said.

He said Namibia will continue to champion press freedom through the promotion of a pluralistic and independent press in line with the principles of the 1991 Windhoek Declaration.

“I have repeatedly reaffirmed that for as long as I am president, freedom of the press will be guaranteed. Our struggle for freedom was about the pursuit of rights and government will promote press freedom as an integral part in our drive for transparent and effective governance,” he said. Enditem

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