Unfortunately the SWAPO government initially proved unwilling to accept criticism
"[The ban] was considered necessary because of [The Namibian's]
campaign of dangerous misinformation of the Namibian people, which threatens the
principles of unity, peace and stability that form the very foundation of our
nation, and not just because the newspaper criticises government"
Claim by Government in EU report on criticism of buying and advertising
ban on newspaper
"The Namibian is likely to endanger the security of the
state or the maintenance of public order"
Argument by the then Apartheid regime and its apparatus like the SWA
police in ordering the newspaper to pay a N$20,000 registration deposit in
1985. In a landmark judgement, Namibia's supreme Court ruled that constructive criticism was fundamental to a healthy democratic society, that criticism of public
figures was likely to be stinging and that if people held a government in
contempt, it did not necessarily constitute a danger to the security of the
state or maintenance of public order. "
The Namibian, p4, August 23 2002