Media union condemns assault on female journalist

The Namibia Media Professionals Union (Nampu) has expressed its outrage about an alleged assault on a female radio journalist by a senior male newspaper editor in Windhoek earlier this week.

The woman was allegedly punched, her arm was twisted and some of her hair was pulled out during the incident.

The union’s acting secretary general, Jemima Beukes, said in a statement on Wednesday that Nampu has raised serious concerns about violence against women in newsrooms in Namibia, and is appalled by this alleged incident.

“Nampu demands that the perpetrator be brought to justice and face the full wrath of the law,” Beukes said.

She also said such actions do not have a place in society, let alone in the media industry, which she said should serve as a safe and respectful space for all professionals.

Nampu commended the alleged victim for her courage in speaking out and said it extends its full support and solidarity to her.

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