Elections dented press freedom rankings – MISA

Outsa Mokone's arrest on sedition charges
Outsa Mokone's arrest on sedition charges

The Media Institution of Southern Africa (MISA) Botswana says the country’s decline in recently released press freedom rankings is attributable to pressure on media arising from last year’s general elections.

According to the 2015 World Press Freedom Index, published by Reporters Without Borders last Thursday, Botswana slipped a notch and was ranked 42nd out of 180 countries.

While the report noted that no journalists or “net citizens” were killed, Botswana did have a case of sedition against a journalist during 2014.

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Implement the recommendations Mr. President

The nation is eagerly awaiting this report to have a glimpse of what the recommendations are like, possibly for further debate. Mr. President, it’s our ardent hope that true to your promises, the public will have an opportunity to peruse the report and see if it reflects their interests as the Commission went around the length and breadth of the country collecting views of the people with some choosing to write to the Commission’s...

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