Journalists under control

Namibia’s constitution guarantees free speech and protects journalists, but the lack of a freedom of information law continues to obstruct their work. Those who dare to criticize the authorities are often the target of government threats and seek a refuge on the Internet, where they are not subject to control. At the same time, self-censorship is common in the state-owned media. Public order and security legislation is often used to restrict the freedom to inform, while journalists are sometimes the targets of insults or attacks by political parties. Pro-government media receive a large chunk of their revenue available from advertising, which threatens the financial prospects of the privately-owned media and independent news coverage.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



24 in 2017

Global score


17.08 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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