Public given 7 days to remove images of local currency on digital platforms
The Bank of Namibia this week said that members of the public that have illegally reproduced images of local currency and displayed them on social media, electronic or print media, are requested to delete them within 7 working days from their accounts.
The BoN in statement said of late the illegal displaying of images and videos of the country’s currency on social media by some members of the public has become the order of the day.
Section 25 of the Bank of Namibia Act, 1997 (Act No. 15 of 1997), as amended, prohibits the copying, depiction, replication or the simulation of any part or the whole of the visual image, contents or appearance of local currency.
BoN Deputy Director: Corporate Communications, Kazembire Zemburuka said the warning extends to illustrations, paintings, pictures, graphics, physical objects, electronic images, and cinematography and through the use of any material or print or electronic media, such as the Internet (social media).
Zemburuka said that those found guilty of the illegal reproduction of images of the country’s currency will be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N$100,000 or imprisonment for a period of around seven years.
“Failure to adhere to this request, will leave the Bank with no choice but to take appropriate action against the offenders as prescribed by the law,” he added.