Kgafela calls for media caution

source: BOPA
30 October, 2008

GABORONE – Media practitioners have been urged to report murder cases beyond face value to afford the public a balanced version of the situation at hand.

A human rights lawyer, who is also Bakgatla Kgosi-kgolo Kgafela II advised journalists against sensationalising the death and subsequent penalty. Instead he said in his personal presentation at a Ditshwanelo seminar on death penalty in Gaborone on Tuesday that they should be ethical in their reporting.

“The media is very powerful and influences so many people in our society and therefore your reporting should not be biased in any way.” Attorney Kgafela is renowned for successfully handling the murder case of Tlhabologang Maauwe and Gwara Motswetla by challenging their death sentences in 1999. He obtained a stay of execution and a declaration of a mistrial based upon the finding that they did not receive a fair hearing. He maintained during his presentation that execution by death brutalises and traumatises the family of the condemned prisoner and the hangman, among others.

“History tells us that almost all [continue reading]

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