Botswana

Botswana

A new president more sympathetic to press freedom?

Under the previous president, Ian Khama, press freedom declined alarmingly, investigative journalists were arrested, a news website was subjected to a massive cyber-attack, and between 2013 and 2018 Botswana fell eight places in the World Press Freedom Index. So hopes have been pinned on his successor, Mokgweetsi Masisi, who has at least given frequent press conferences since taking office in April, unlike Khama, who gave none during his ten years as president. But there is still no law on access to information, which journalists have long been demanding. All the main print, radio and TV media continue to be owned by the state and are controlled by the government, while the few privately-owned newspapers depend on advertising that they may or may not receive from the state. And journalists say their freedom to inform is restricted by the 2008 Media Practitioners Act and many other laws.

44
in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

+4

48 in 2018

Global score

-0.20

25.29 in 2018

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