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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