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Title:State-sanctioned discrimination and media discourses on homosexuality in Namibia
Author:Strand, CeciliaISNI
Year:2011
Periodical:Journal of African Media Studies (ISSN 1751-7974)
Volume:3
Issue:1
Pages:57-72
Language:English
Geographic term:Namibia
Subjects:LGBT
discrimination
health policy
AIDS
press
homosexuality
Abstract:The article critically discusses the events arising from the finalization of the Namibian National HIV/AIDS Policy of 2007. A series of consultative meetings throughout Namibia produced a progressive draft policy that recognized individuals engaged in same-sex sexual relationships and emphasized the distinct vulnerabilities of the group. However, despite solid epidemiological support and stakeholders' endorsement of inclusion, the key section dealing with same-sex relations never made it into print. By using document analyses, interviews and media content analysis, the article concludes that State-sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) individuals, outlined in existing Namibian criminal laws, 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 in the State-owned print media, and that LGBT individuals are dependent on the independent media for visibility. The implications of the media discourses are discussed using an agenda setting perspective. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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