Staying safe amidst the electoral frenzy as journalists brace for October election

Journalists must prioritise their safety and adhere to journalistic principles of accuracy and fairness
Journalists must prioritise their safety and adhere to journalistic principles of accuracy and fairness

The year 2024 comes across as a Super-Election Year because 2.6 billion people across the globe will find themselves at the ballot box.

Accordingly, as Batswana become part of this 2.6 billion people later in October, we are entering a period that will be characterised by both excitement and fierce electoral competition among candidates and their respective political formations. It is, therefore, imperative that journalists covering these events are well informed of potential challenges they may encounter during this silly season.

While Botswana generally offers a conducive environment for press freedom, incidents witnessed during the 2019 General Election and subsequent by-elections thereof, suggest, albeit remotely, that there is a possibility of journalists encountering hostility or facing accusations of bias. Consequently, it is important that, notwithstanding, journalists must prioritise their safety and adhere to journalistic principles of accuracy and fairness, especially given the unpredictable nature of the evolving political landscape that we have witnessed in some parts of the world.

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In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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