08.04.2011 -

Young people in Namibia to sensitize public on importance of independent and pluralistic media

The United Nations System in Namibia in cooperation with MISA Namibia, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and Base FM will organize a one-day workshop to produce public announcement spots on the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media. The event is taking take place today at the Katutura Multi-purpose Youth Centre in Namibia.

In preparation for World Press Freedom Day 2011, and in order to sensitize the public about the importance of press freedom, freedom of expression, pluralism and tolerance as sources for democratic debate, five radio public announcement spots about the Windhoek Declaration will be produced and translated into English, Oshiwambo, Otjiherero, Damara/Nama and Afrikaans.


The spots will be based on the ideas and opinions of 25 young Namibians on the Windhoek Declaration. The young people will be assisted by resource persons from the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), the Media Ombudsman, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and The Namibian newspaper.


The radio public announcement spots will be produced by Base FM, a community radio station based in Katutura, Namibia, and will be made available to other community radio stations in the country. They are expected to be an important instrument to engage with media and other information providers in understanding freedom of expression and other fundamental rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the globe every 3 May, representing an opportunity to commemorate the fundamental principles of press freedom. The theme of World Press Freedom Day 2011 is "21st Century Media: New Frontiers, New Barriers". This year's Day will mark the 20th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on Promoting Independent and Pluralistic Media. The Windhoek Declaration was endorsed by the UNESCO General Conference at its twenty-sixth session in 1991 and the date of the Declaration's adoption, 3 May, has subsequently been declared as World Press Freedom Day.

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