Relative calm

Namibia’s constitution guarantees free speech and protects journalists, but journalists are often the target of government threats. Critical journalists find a refuge on the Internet, where they are not subject to control, but self-censorship is common in the state-owned media. Public order and security legislation is often used to restrict freedom of information. Journalists are often the targets of attacks by political parties. This was the case during the 2014 elections, when both ruling party officials and members of the opposition attacked NBC journalists.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



17 in 2016

Global score


15.15 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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