BDP condemns violence against journalists

Journalism has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years
Journalism has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years

The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) wishes to add a voice of condemnation to the reports of harassment and threats of violence against the Business Weekly editor, Tshireletso Motlogelwa.

We have learnt that the journalist was threatened, harassed and his paper’s property was destroyed by a certain UDC activist who also happens to be UDC president, Duma Boko’s confidante. The party has since relayed a message of support to Motlogelwa and the paper.

The BDP recognises that the Fourth Estate is a critical player in our democracy. In this regard, in February 2019, our party president, His Excellency Dr. Mokgweetsi Eric Keabetswe Masisi hosted the media for breakfast in an effort to open communication lines and build a rapport between the party, government and the media. He implored the media to exercise caution in their duty and he further emphasised the need for the media to go about their duties fearlessly. On a number of occasions, President Masisi has reminded democrats of the critical role that the media plays in our society. He is of the view that perceived incidents of irresponsible reporting should not make Batswana lose focus of the role that the media plays.

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