Botswana state media accused of biased reporting

Wed, 21 Apr 2010

The state media in Botswana comprising Radio Botswana, Botswana Television (BTV) and the Daily News have come under heavy criticism for biased reporting over the break-up of the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP).

A faction of the ruling party calling itself Barata Phathi has set in motion processes to break away and form a new political party citing an erosion of democracy in the party, dictatorial tendencies of the party leader President Ian Khama as well as the sidelining of members of the faction in party affairs.

Radio Botswana, BTV and the Daily News are accused of reporting only on the views of the dominant section of the party and completely shutting out the Baratha Phathi faction. The state media has never reported a single story on the envisaged split and turmoil in the party, and only carried statements [continue reading]


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