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Namibia


-  Area: 824,790 sq. km.
-  Population: 1,788,000
-  Languages: English
-  Type of state: republic
-  Head of state: President Sam Nujoma

Namibia - 2003 Annual Report

The Namibian press continues to be one of the freest in the continent despite repeated attempts by the authorities and the ruling part to curb its virulent criticism.

In an unprecedented move anywhere in Africa, President Sam Nujoma declared himself to be minister of information and broadcasting in a cabinet reshuffle in August 2002 in order to sort out the state-owned radio and TV broadcaster, NBC. A month later, he ordered NBC to stop carrying foreign TV series and films with scenes of sex and violence because they were a "bad influence on Namibian youth." He called for "lewd" programmes to replaced by subject matter "showing Namibia in a positive light," especially the country’s "nature and animals."
The Namibian, an independent daily, was the target of an advertising boycott for the second year running. The ministry of information had asked state-owned enterprises and parastatals to stop placing advertising with The Namibian in 2001. In September 2002, it was the turn of the youth league of the South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) to ask state authorities not to buy advertising space from the newspaper because it ram a cartoon portraying President Nujoma as a dog attacking British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The league also asked the information minister (President Nujoma) for tougher legislation for those who insult the head of state.



africa countries list
Africa Introduction - 2003 Annual Report
Africa update
Angola
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cameroon
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Chad
Comoros
Congo
Côte d’Ivoire
D.R Congo
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Eritrea
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Gabon
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Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Kenya
Liberia
Madagascar
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Mali
Mauritania
Mozambique
Niger
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Rwanda
Senegal
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
Swaziland
Tanzania
Togo
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe

see also
2003 Asia Annual Report
2003 Americas Annual Report
2003 Europe Annual Report
2003 North Africa and the Middle East Annual Report