Namibian presidency wary of foreign media's influence in local election

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-21 22:08:33|Editor: xuxin
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WINDHOEK, Nov. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Namibian presidency said Thursday that it is worried about attempts by foreign countries and media to influence the outcome of next week's election.

"Namibians hear and read how foreign countries and media meddle and try to influence the outcome of elections in other countries. It is now very apparent that during the current election season, Namibians are curiously bombarded with negative and largely distorted articles coinciding with a time when they must decide on the candidate and political party of their choice," press secretary in the Office of the President Alfredo Hengari said in a statement.

He said the proliferation of articles seeking to tarnish the name of the president by foisting it by hook or by crook in reports is not innocent.

Hengari said the media disinformation campaign aimed at influencing voters and tarnishing the image of the country and its president ahead of the November 27 vote on is regrettable.

"Attempts through disinformation campaigns by media houses to tarnish the image of the country and the president are counterproductive. Corruption in Namibia is not systemic, nor is it endemic. However, the commitment of President Geingob to fight the scourge of corruption is total. The president will spare no effort to root it out of Namibia," he said.