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Botswana media and civil society highlight threats to free expression in the run up to elections

July 22, 2024
Civil society representatives, journalists, academics and free expression activists have expressed serious concerns and highlighted a number of recent transgressions that threaten the integrity of Botswana’s Oc……

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ESwatini former MPs’ sentencing condemned as harsh and unjust

July 17, 2024
The Campaign for Free Expression is shocked by the harsh, unjust sentences of two former Eswatini MPs who were this week jailed for 25 and 18 years respectively after they were held responsible for instigating……

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Mpumalanga Premier sues journalist for medicine ‘theft’ exposé

July 11, 2024
Editor Bheki Mashile is being sued by Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni for R10-million. Mtsweni believes that stories Mashile wrote in April and May 2024 were defamatory and accused him of failing  to allow …….

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Allegations of signal jamming at Kgotla raises concerns in Botswana

July 9, 2024
The Campaign for Free Expression has received reports from journalists in Botswana alleging signal jamming which disrupted communication during a Kgotla (traditional meeting) last Saturday, 29 June 2024…….

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Government bullying and intimidation of media escalates

July 5, 2024
The regime in Harare appears to be escalating its efforts to stifle media freedom, freedom of expression and freedom of association. More than 80 opposition supporters and civil social officials were arrested ……

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Campaign for Free Expression and Partners to Host Landmark Summit on Freedom of Expression Ahead of 2024 Elections in Botswana

June 20, 2024
he Botswana Freedom of Expression Pre-Elections Summit takes place on 24-25 June in Gaborone, themed “Strengthening Freedom of Expression and Access to Information to Enhance Electoral Integrity”. ……

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NGO’s concerned about CCC’s rejection of their complaint about SABC’s banning of “flag-burning” advert

June 3, 2024
Three NGOs have expressed grave concern over a decision on Friday by the  broadcasting regulator, Icasa’s CCC, to reject on technical grounds their bid to hold the SABC to account for its failure to run the ……

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MMA, SOS and CFE welcome CCC judgment

May 27, 2024
MMA, SOS and CFE welcome the Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC’s) judgment that the SABC had unlawfully refused to air Democratic Alliance (DA’s) political advert…….

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