Defamation case could be a ‘killer’ for Namibia’s largest daily paper

ICIJ's partner office - The Namibian

A Namibian lawyer filed a libel suit against the country’s largest daily newspaper over Panama Papers-related stories that linked him to companies used by an alleged Mafia kingpin and others.

Henner Diekmann, who specializes in foreign investments in Namibia, alleges that two stories published in 2016 and 2017 as part of The Namibian’s coverage of the award-winning Panama Papers investigation libelled him.

The stories resulted from reporting and from data unearthed as part of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ Panama Papers investigation.

Diekmann’s lawsuit names the publisher of The Namibian, Free Press of Namibia (Pty) Ltd, and

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