• WILL FITZGIBBON
A NAMIBIAN lawyer filed a lawsuit against The Namibian newspaper over Panama Papers-related stories that linked him to companies used by an alleged Mafia kingpin and others.
Henner Diekmann, who specialises 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 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, editor Tangeni Amupadhi and reporters Shinovene Immanuel, Tileni Mongudhi and Ndanki Kahiurika as defendants. Immanuel is a member of ICIJ.
Diekmann wants the newspaper to retract the articles, apologise or pay him N$300 000. Amupadhi told ICIJ: “We believe this is an attempt to intimidate and stop us and the rest of the news media from writing about people