Tag: MISA Botswana


African Media Barometer highlights deficiencies in media freedom in Botswana

Botswana’s democracy credentials have been put on the spotlight once again. In 2014 the Mo Ibrahim report ranked Botswana in eighth position on the category of participation and human rights in which freedom of expression is one of the indicators.  The African Media Barometer (AMB) assessment, undertaken late in 2014, has not spared Botswana either. The findings of the 2014 AMB assessment indicate that if...

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Gearing up for World Press Freedom Day 2015 – MISA

On 3 May 2015, MISA’s network of national chapters across southern Africa will join people around the world in celebrating World Press Freedom Day (WPFD). See below for details of MISA activities around the region and contact your local MISA Chapter for more information on how to get involved. As always, the highlight of MISA’s WPFD celebrations is the launch of its annual state of...

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Gearing up for World Press Freedom Day 2015 – MISA

On 3 May 2015, MISA’s network of national chapters across southern Africa will join people around the world in celebrating World Press Freedom Day (WPFD). See below for details of MISA activities around the region and contact your local MISA Chapter for more information on how to get involved. As always, the highlight of MISA’s WPFD celebrations is the launch of its annual state of...

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MISA Celebrates World Radio Day 2015

MISA Celebrates World Radio Day 2015

13 FEBRUARY 2015, WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA– Today, 13 February 2015, the Media Institute of Southern African (MISA) joins the rest of the world in marking the fourth annual World Radio Day. This year’s theme is ‘Youth and Radio’ and how young people can be better represented through the most powerful medium. The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said...

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Botswana: Newspaper website hacked again, and deleted

A website belonging to the only private daily newspaper in Botswana, Mmegi, was hacked on 22 January 2015 and deleted by unknown culprits. The newspaper realised their website had been deleted around 10am in the morning. Tlhalefang Charles, a reporter and new-media coordinator at Mmegi, told MISA Botswana that they suspect hackers want to intimidate and delay their business. “Even though it is not clear...

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MISA Botswana statement on advertising bans

The media industry is gravely disturbed and perturbed by recent media reports that the Botswana Government is planning to use advertising as a weapon against the private media. The Guardian-Sun case of 2001 against the Attorney General clearly showed the unconstitutionality of government using advertising as a weapon against freedom of expression. The court found on the facts that the applicant had established a prima...

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Statement from the MISA Election Observer Mission in Botswana

Statement from the MISA Election Observer Mission in Botswana

In October 2014, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) convened a mission to observe the conduct of the media and electoral bodies during the Botswana 2014 parliamentary and local government elections, held on Friday 24 October. The mission found that the media performed exceptionally well, though there could be improvements. THE MEDIA AND ELECTIONS Credible and fair elections are an essential element of democratic...

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MISA counts down to World Press Freedom Day 2014

MISA counts down to World Press Freedom Day 2014

Every year on 3 May, the international community commemorates World Press Freedom Day by celebrating the fundamental principles of press freedom. In only two months, 2014 has already become a year marked by issues of press freedom, freedom of expression and the safety of journalists. So the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is starting the countdown now – urging people in southern Africa and...

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