Khama and the private media: Who hates who?


FRANCISTOWN: Who hates who really? Does President Ian Khama really hate the private media, or is it the other way round?

Khama and his government have had skirmishes with the private media to the extent that the Office of the President (OP) previously issued a statement stating that he was prepared to fund members of his Cabinet when they sue media practitioners and their media houses for rubbing them the wrong way.

Last year, The Sunday Standard newspaper senior reporter Edgar Tsimane fled the country to neighboring South Africa in fear of being arrested under repressive laws. Tsimane is wanted by the law enforcement agents on sedition charges following a story he authored claiming that Khama was involved in a car accident that was personally driven by him. His editor, Outsa Mokone was arrested and charged with sedition.  These were just the level of extremes that for years many in the industry feared would reach, and now have.  The animosity had long been there.

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