Editors hail meeting Masisi

Mending fences:  President Masisi interacting with journslists in Maun recently as part of the stakeholder engagement PIC: BWPRESIDENCY
Mending fences: President Masisi interacting with journslists in Maun recently as part of the stakeholder engagement PIC: BWPRESIDENCY

President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s stakeholder engagement with the private media editors has raised hope that the two parties will be able to bridge the gaps that existed between them over decades. Mmegi Staffer RYDER GABATHUSE was in the midst of newspapers and radio stations editors who honoured the invite

With a chequered history that Botswana’s private media and the Office of the President (OP) have for the longest time been like oil and water, with open mistrusts between the parties, last week’s meetings organised by the OP provided a fertile ground for healing the wounds of the past.

It was not surprising that local newspaper Group, CBET, publishers of the Botswana Guardian and its sister publication, The Midweek Sun once took the government to court during the presidency of Festus Mogae, in its endeavour to reverse a blatant case of advertising ban and the newspaper won the case. Victory for the newspapers Group was regarded as a victory for media freedom and freedom of expression. The Botswana High Court had declared the government ban on advertising in two newspapers unconstitutional.

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