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dc.contributor.author Nakuta, John
dc.contributor.author Mnubi-Mchombu, Chiku
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-17T07:26:25Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-17T07:26:25Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Nakuta, J., & Mnubi-Mchombu, C. (2015). Accessing government information in Namibia as a human right issue. Proceedings of the Namibia Library Symposium 7-9 October 2013 Windhoek, Namibia. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 9789991653501
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/1587
dc.description.abstract There is general consensus that access to information is indispensable for a functional democracy. It is for this reason that access to information has been recognised and guaranteed as a fundamental human right in various international, regional and national instruments. The right to access to information is not explicitly guaranteed in the Namibian Constitution but is claimable through article 144 of since Namibia acceded and/or ratified various international human rights instruments which provide for this right. This article evaluates the question as to whether access to information is regarded as a human rights issue in Namibia. In determining this, the paper analysed the findings of the pilot study of the baseline study on human rights in Namibia with that of the main study with a specific focus on the theme dealing with access to information. Both studies found that it is almost as easy as it is difficult to access government information in Namibia. Both studies also show that elderly respondents and those with no formal education found it more difficult to access government information. Both studies show that the media was considered to be the main source of government policies, programmes and services. A mere 4 percent of the respondents in both studies indicated that they use libraries as a source for accessing public information. Distance to government departments and rude members of staff/poor service delivery were listed as the main barriers to accessing public information. Respondents in the pilot study listed outdated website content as their third major barrier, whereas respondents in the main study singled out too much bureaucracy as their third highest impediment to government information. The article asserts that the current situation whereby obtaining government information is at the discretion and disposition of civil servants is untenable and inconsistent with the right to access to information. The paper will explore how Namibians, from all walks of life, access human rights information. The paper is based on research which took place in Windhoek, Namibia in April 2012. The various aspects explored include access to government information and channels used to access information including the mass media. The final part of the paper will investigate barriers to accessing government information. Some recommendations will be made on how to improve access to government information in Namibia. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.subject Democracy en_US
dc.subject Human rights en_US
dc.subject Namibia en_US
dc.title Accessing government information in Namibia as a human right issue en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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