WINDHOEK: Two Namibian journalists were detained for an hour while reporting on a “sensitive” case in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) cameraman Uushona Hiskia and Namibian Sun newspaper journalist Selma Ikela were detained for allegedly filming and/or taking pictures, just before the court got in session.
The two reporters were busy covering a case of minor children, who were arrested for allegedly robbing people in Windhoek’s Otjomuise residential area over the past weekend.
Hiskia and Ikela were apparently warned to not film or take pictures of the minors, and they were detained in court for a short while, but no charges were laid against them.
They were later escorted by police officers to Court A, where Public Prosecutor George Mahoney informed them that he will take the matter up with Deputy Prosecutor-General Jackson Kuutondokwa.
The reporters will be informed of the Prosecutor-General’s decision at a later stage.
The Code of Ethics for the Namibian Media forbids the identification of any young person accused of a criminal offence who, to a journalist’s knowledge, is younger than 18.