Saturday, 14 April 2012

Ruling party guilty of defaming journalist - Namibia

Writing journalists off as counter-revolutionary is now officially a no-no in Namibia after the ruling party was found guilty of defamation for referring to a journalist as "ex-koevoet" and a "mercenary" in their online newsletter. This has become a popular tactic in various Southern African countries. Instead of engaging with uncomfortable questions about corruption, nepotism and forgetting the struggle, politicians and leaders simply brand journalists counter-revolutionary. It can, unfortunately, prove a fairly successful way to shut down debate. Good to see someone drawing a line.

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