Information minister to attend World Press Freedom Day conference in Chile

The minister of information and communication technology, Emma Theofelus, is due to attend the World Press Freedom Day global conference in Chile this week.

This was announced by the ministry’s spokesperson Shoki Kandjimi in a press statement on Tuesday.

Kandjimi said the minister will lead a Namibian delegation to the 31st World Press Freedom Day global conference accompanied by officials from the information ministry and the Namibia National Commission for Unes o.

The conference will be held under the theme, “A press for the planet: Journalism in the face of environmental crisis.”

“It also will focus on the importance of journalism and freedom of expression in the context of the current global environmental crisis,” Kandjimi said.

He added that during the conference Theofelus is expected to address the delegates and participate in various discussions, while highlighting Namibia’s position on media freedom as guaranteed in the country’s constitution.

Commenting on the importance of the day, Frans Nghitila, the acting executive director of the ministry said, “World Press Freedom Day, which is observed on 3 May annually, is an important opportunity for the international community to collectively reflect on multidimensional challenges, the fundamental role of journalism and the transformative power of information to protect our planet, achieve sustainable development and consolidate democracies.”

Namibia currently enjoys the first ranking in Africa in terms of press freedom and 22nd globally out of 180 as per the Reporters Without Borders 2023 Press Freedom Index, Kandjimi added.

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