Concern about verbal attacks on journalists during Namibian election campaign

first_img November 28, 2019 Concern about verbal attacks on journalists during Namibian election campaign Reports Namibia incumbent President and candidate Hage Geingob goes through voting procedures on November 27, 2019 in Windhoek, Namibia. GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Namibia RSF_en After Angula took part in a panel debate on the One Africa TV channel about the so-called “fishrot” scandal – concerning alleged “corruption” in the allocation of Namibia’s fishing quotas the news agency said his participation in this “highly controversial” discussion had compromised its editorial stance and its reputation.This scandal has dominated the campaign for today’s presidential and national election. Fishing is Namibia’s second-largest industry after mining and documents provided by WikiLeaks to the country’s leading daily, The Namibian, and international media outlets indicate that ministers took bribes in exchange for granting access to Namibia fishing grounds.Two ministers have had to resign and one of them has been arrested.Other government officials have reacted by attacking the media. A few days ago, the president’s office issued a statement accusing journalists of trying to “tarnish” the president’s image and waging a disinformation campaign with the aim of swaying voters.Previously, at the start of the month, trade minister Tjekero Tweya likened journalists to “flies” who were “poisoning” the population with false information.“This series of attacks against journalists constitutes a major blow to the image of the country that has Africa’s highest ranking in the World Press Freedom Index,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk.“By covering corruption, journalists are just doing their job and acting as the allies of good governance. We call on the authorities to put a stop to these verbal attacks, which are undermining Namibian democracy. We also firmly condemn the Namibian Press Agency’s decision to sanction a journalist who just voiced an opinion, one that is moreover well supported by the facts.”President Hage Geingob is seeking another term in yesterday’’s election, in which there are ten other contenders. He is expected succeed despite the “fishrot” scandal’s impact.Namibia is ranked 23rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News NamibiaAfrica Media independence CorruptionFreedom of expression to go further Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Newscenter_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a wave of verbal attacks on journalists by government officials in the run-up to yesterday’s elections in Namibia, and the state-owned Namibian Press Agency’s decision to suddenly cancel freelance journalist Vita Angula’s contract after he participated in a TV discussion about corruption. Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News December 8, 2008 Find out more NamibiaAfrica Media independence CorruptionFreedom of expression Letter to information minister about South African journalist held overnight Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Gov. Holcomb Names Grennes As Commissioner Of Indiana Department Of Revenue

first_imgGov. Eric J. Holcomb today announced he has selected Bob Grennes to serve as the Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Revenue.“Bob is a hard-working public servant who has taken his private sector experiences and leveraged them to improve our state,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I’m confident that under his direction the Department of Revenue will continue to ensure that Hoosiers receive great government service at a great value.”Grennes has served as the chief operating officer at the Indiana Department of Revenue since 2017, where he has worked to improve the department’s operations and customer service. He also serves on the Project NextDOR Executive Steering Committee, which leads a modernization project to allow Hoosiers to use state-of-the-art technology to file tax returns, make payments and manage accounts.Grennes built his career over four decades in the private sector leading information technology and financial services organizations – including at USA Funds, USA Group and Sallie Mae – while holding a variety of management, executive and board positions.The Department of Revenue administers 65 tax types and annually processes nearly $21 billion of tax revenue including processing millions of tax returns and completing thousands of audits.Grennes’s new position is effective Feb. 1. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more