WINDHOEK – The Landless People’s Movement (LPM) has condemned in the strongest terms intimidation and attack on journalists by government officials and their security personnel. It has come to the attention of the LPM that a journalist from the Namibian Sun, Ms. Jemima Beukes, was verbally attacked and manhandled by State House’s security personnel and a government Minister on separate occasions. Ms. Beukes accounted in the latest incident that a government Minister (whose name is known but cannot be revealed until the suspect has appeared in court) grabbed her handbag and pushed her out of the way during a press conference held by President Hage Geingob on Sunday, 12/07/2020.
Ms Beukes vowed to open a case of assault against the Minister.
In a previous incident during the month of May (2020), Ms Beukes complained that she and a colleague were man-handled by State House security units during the inauguration of a COVID-19 isolation facility at Windhoek Central Hospital in Windhoek. President Geingob later apologised for the incident.
Ms Beukes said that she laid a case against the police, but nothing has come of it.
“I feel like I have become a target because I ask hard questions and I am confrontational,” Ms Beukes said, adding that she was not going to become apologetic.
Leader of the LPM, Bernadus Swartbooi condemned the incidents against Ms Beukes, saying it was a case of gender-based violence (GBV) which was also politically driven.
“This is a targeted approach to try and silence her,”