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Secretary General’s Message on World Press Freedom Day 2018

A free press is essential for peace, justice and human rights for all. It is crucial to building transparent and democratic societies and keeping those in power accountable. It is vital for sustainable development.

Journalists and media workers shine a light on local and global challenges and tell the stories that need to be told. Their service to the public is invaluable.

Laws that protect independent journalism, freedom of expression and the right to information need to be adopted, implemented and enforced. Crimes against journalists must be prosecuted.

On World Press Freedom Day 2018, I call on governments to strengthen press freedom, and to protect journalists. Promoting a free press is standing up for our right to truth.

Thank you.

António Guterres

#WCW: UNIC Windhoek celebrates Windhoek Express Editor, Mariana Balt

WCW, Mariana BaltEach Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments. This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Mariana Balt, the Coordinating Editor of the Windhoek Express (WE).

Besides writing and editing countless articles throughout her extensive career in media, Balt has worked in many different sectors. After growing up in Namibia, Balt finished school and studied Home Economics at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. At that time, working in the media was the last thing she wanted to do, as she found herself working in a prison and as a home economist for several organisations upon graduation.

“I got involved with journalism purely because I could take photos (at the time a very expensive hobby) on somebody else’s account” Balt says, laughing at her serendipitous entry into the media world. From there she worked in the media industry, writing and editing in South Africa, before returning to Namibia to work for Namibia Media Holdings, the company that owns WE. Continue reading