Media Freedom Crucial - France Ambassador

Ambassador of France to Botswana Pierre Voillery
Ambassador of France to Botswana Pierre Voillery

The Ambassador of France to Botswana Pierre Voillery said at a media appreciation session that media freedom was crucial for democracy and good governance.

Speaking at the French Embassy residence on Thursday evening, Voillery explained that Botswana was a well-known example of good governance partly because the media could operate freely. He said there is room for improvement like everywhere. He, however, pointed out that the freedom of media in Botswana was remarkable and commendable.

“Politically speaking, I think 2018 was an exciting year with the first press conference addressed by the President of the Republic in 10 years. I assume 2019 will be even more thrilling as the country is heading towards general elections. I sincerely hope the media at large will be part of the campaigns and pass on information to the people come election date. You have an important role to play in assuring the people can be informed and vote in full knowledge,” he said.

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