It is Govís Responsibility To Nurture Freedom Of Speech

In Ecology lingo, a certain big-eared fox is used to tell whether there is ecological balance in a certain environment. The big-eared fox is in Botswana used as the emblem of the Wildlife Department. The absence of the fox in a wildlife environment is indicative of an imbalance that needs urgent attention.

Freedom of expression, or freedom of speech, in a democracy, like the big-eared fox, tells us the heartbeat of our democracy which we all should jealously guard. The absence or lack of instruments of freedom of expression of divergent views should remind us all that our democracy is on a sickbed and requires urgent surgical attention. 

One of those freedoms of expression tools is the independent media.  Botswana has reached a time when the growth of the independent media is actively under threat.  In a small economy such as Botswana where every sector depends on government business for sustenance, here government has taken a conscious decision to starve the independent media of advertising, a tact deliberately designed to close down critical media houses. 

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Are police trigger-happy?

Unfortunately, that day turned sour for those who were shopping at Sefalana Cash and Carry in Gaborone West Industrial.The exchange of fire that ensued between members of the Botswana Police Service (BPS) and robbers who had allegedly robbed a G4S cash-in-transit vehicle left two civilians dead, three robbers struck down, and an undisclosed number of citizens wounded.One deceased civilian is reportedly an employee of the Citizen Entrepreneurial...

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