New Era editor suspension a blatant interference with press freedom: Nampu

Erasmus Shalihaxwe

Namibia Media Professional’s Union (Nampu) has said that the suspension of the New Era Newspaper’s Managing Editor, Johnathan Beukes represents a blatant interference with press freedom, journalistic work, and his fundamental right as a Namibian to express himself, as protected by the Namibian Constitution.

In a petition read by the union Acting General Secretary Jemima Beukes during a demonstration yesterday at New Era head office in the capital, where various media practitioners from various media houses gathered. The union demanded for the immediate reinstatement of Beukes.

Stating that the suspension not only violates the Managing Editor’s rights but also undermines the very essence of a free and independent press in Namibia.

“Most importantly, we would like to remind New Era Newspaper leadership that you operate at the behest of the public and taxpayers. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you prioritise the interests of the public over political influences and masters. The media’s role is to serve as a vigilant watchdog for society, ensuring transparency, accountability, and the dissemination of unbiased information,” reads the petition.

The union stated it stands firm in defending press freedom, upholding the rights of journalists, and safeguarding the public’s right to a free and independent media. It is the union’s belief that freedom of the press is a cornerstone of democracy and must be protected at all costs.

“We call upon all stakeholders, including the government, civil society, and the public, to join us in protecting these vital democratic principles.

Let us unite in our commitment to upholding the rights of journalists and ensuring that press freedom continues to thrive in our great nation.

We urge all those who value democracy, transparency, and the role of the media in our society to stand with us in this important cause. Together, we can make a difference and preserve the fundamental values that make Namibia a beacon of democracy in our region,” stressed the union.

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