State-sanctioned discrimination and media discourses on homosexuality in Namibia
2011 (English)In: Journal of African Media Studies, ISSN 2040-199X, E-ISSN 1751-7974, Vol. 3, no 1, 57-72 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The article critically discusses the events arising from the finalization of the NamibianNational HIV/AIDS Policy of 2007. A series of consultative meetings throughoutNamibia produced a progressive draft policy that recognized individuals engagedin same-sex sexual relationships and emphasized the distinct vulnerabilities of thegroup. However, despite solid epidemiological support and stakeholders’ endorsementof inclusion, the key section dealing with same-sex relations never made itinto print. By using document analyses, interviews and media content analysis, thearticle concludes that state-sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexualand transgendered (LGBT) individuals, outlined in existing Namibian criminallaws, also resulted in a denial of their rights to health in the new HIV/AIDS policy.Moreover, the study found that the state-sanctioned discrimination is reproduced inthe state-owned print media, and that LGBT individuals are dependent on the independentmedia for visibility. The implications of the media discourses are discussedusing an agenda setting perspective.
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Intellect Ltd , 2011. Vol. 3, no 1, 57-72 p.
Media and Communications
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-150224DOI: 10.1386/jams.3.1.57_1ISI: 000290934900005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-150224DiVA: diva2:406692