BDP govt should free Btv, play fair

source: Mmegi
Staff Writer

What happened to Botswana Television’s news item about Gomolemo Motswaledi’s resignation from the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP)?

The BTV news crew was very conspicuous with lights and cameras amidst the 200 or so people that sat and stood at a press conference called by the new Botswana Movement for Democracy at which Gomolemo Motswaledi announced that he was quitting the Botswana Democratic Party.

Conspicuous with their lights and cameras was also the state-owned Botswana Press Agency. While all the other media houses that attended published or aired the story about Motswaledi and Barata-Phathi, Botswana Television is yet to air its piece. Most likely, the story will not see the light of day.

Briefly, it has been spiked, in journalese. It is this ad hoc banning of select news items that should reach the viewer that makes BTV content mediocre. No, it is not that the reporters and [continue reading]


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