Editors Forum condemns NCIS court application against the Patriot

Editors Forum condemns NCIS court application against the Patriot

The Editors Forum of Namibia (EFN) has called on the Namibia Central Intelligence Service (NCIS) to withdraw its court action against The Patriot newspaper and its editor, Mathias Haufiku, with immediate effect.
The EFN also condemned the use of “old Apartheid draconian laws to censor and silence the Namibian media”.
Last Thursday, the NCIS and its director general, Philemon Malima, approach the court and stopped The Patriot from publishing a story, claiming publication of the article will jeopardise national security.
“It is a shame that an apartheid law is still on Namibia’s statute books and is being used by the current Government to silence the media and to promote secrecy,” said Joseph Ailonga, EFN chairperson.
President Hage Geingob last year said, "as long as I am given the mandate to lead this great country, freedom of the press is guaranteed.”
The hearing was postponed until Friday, 20 April to give The Patriot an opportunity to respond to the application.