Suspended New Era editor reinstated

The state-owned newspaper New Era has reinstated its suspended managing editor, Johnathan Beukes.

Beukes confirmed to The Namibian on Thursday that he is back at work.

New Era also confirmed on its socia media page on Thursday that Beukes is back at work. However, the details surrounding his suspension remain an internal matter, the newspaper stated.

“Beukes will continue executing his duties, pending the outcome of a disciplinary process that will run concurrently,” New Era posted on social media.

Beukes was suspended in October last year without any charges initially provided, following the publication of a series of articles perceived to be critical of the government.
His suspension triggered widespread condemnation from a journalist union which denounced it as an attack on independent journalism.

The initial suspension drew accusations against minister of information, communication and technology Peya Mushelenga and his ministry’s executive director, Audrin Mathe, for allegedly influencing the decision to suspend him.

However, the ministry denied any involvement.

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