A tight grip on the media

The government maintains control over the state-owned print media, radio, and TV, while the few privately-owned newspapers depend on state advertising. Local analysts have condemned President Ian Khama’s increasing authoritarianism in recent years. The trial of Outsa Mokone, the editor of the Sunday Standard, one of a few independent newspapers, highlighted the impossibility of criticizing the President. 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 2017 World Press Freedom Index



43 in 2016

Global score


22.91 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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