A tight grip on the media

All of the leading print, radio, and TV media are owned by the state and controlled by the government, while the few privately-owned newspapers depend on advertising that they may or may not receive from state. Media outlets and journalists are punished severely if they dare to criticize or investigate cases of alleged corruption involving the president. Journalists say their freedom to inform is restricted by the 2008 Media Practitioners Act, which was put in place to regulate the media. On World Press Freedom Day in May 2016, the Botswana Media and Allied Workers Union called for action to end the arrests of journalists and the many defamation prosecutions, but the prosecutions have continued.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



48 in 2017

Global score


24.93 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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