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Hage Geingob, Namibian president and chairperson of Southern African Development Community (SADC), on Friday urged media to help deepen democracy, unity and social cohesion as his country joined the rest of the world in commemorating World Press Freedom Day.

He said this in a statement issued from his office in Windhoek, capital of Namibia.

“In this age of disinformation, and a year of elections in several African countries, including Namibia, I am pleased to note that events will convene under the theme of ‘Journalism and Elections in times of Disinformation.’ As the fourth estate, the press is a core partner in our governance architecture. In that vein, it has an important role to play in promoting development, buttressing our unity and democracy,” said Geingob.

He said the potential of the press to deepen accountability and trust should be harnessed by quality journalism that informs citizens on the basis of facts.

This year’s theme for World Press Freedom Day is “Media for Democracy: Journalism and Elections in Times of Disinformation.” Enditem

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