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The success of Namibian radio lies in its ability to inform citizens, promote local content, and foster national unity.

This was said by President Nangolo Mbumba in a statement to commemorate World Radio Day observed on February 13, which is the anniversary of the creation of UN Radio in 1946.

President Mbumba acknowledges that radio broadcasting has played a pivotal role in strengthening Namibia's democracy by providing a platform for open dialogue, debate, and the expression of diverse opinions.

He says World Radio Day serves as a reminder of the crucial role that radio plays in shaping society, as it has been a steadfast companion for a century, serving as a beacon of information, entertainment, and education for people across the globe.

President Mbumba called on the citizenry to remember with deep respect and gratitude the late Father of the Namibian Constitution, Dr. Hage Geingob, as his contributions to Namibia's media landscape, including his role in promoting freedom of the press, have laid a solid foundation for the development of a democratic society.

Article 21 of the Namibian Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and expression, which includes freedom of the press. 

President Mbumba says this fundamental right has enabled radio as a medium of mass communication in Namibia, reaching remote communities, providing essential news, public service announcements, educational programmes, serving as an entertainment source, promoting local talent, and preserving cultural heritage.

''Namibia has made significant strides in advancing its radio broadcasting sector, with a diverse range of stations catering to various linguistic and cultural communities that have positively contributed to the country’s economy and well-being,'' President Mbumba said.

World Radio Day was proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference at its 36th Session in 2011 and adopted by the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in 2012.

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