Media houses drag govt to court
Media houses have finally dragged the Botswana government to court over some sections of the 2008 Media Practitioners Act, which they say would seriously curtail press freedom and the flow of information.
The notice presented to the Registrar and Master of the High Court last Friday states the Press Council of Botswana (PCB) as the first among the 32 applicants and the Attorney General as the respondent. The applicants consist of media houses, trade unions and individuals. The case has not yet been allocated a judge.
Applicants argue that the definition of media practitioner in section 2 of the Act is overboard and violates section 12 of the Constitution to the extent that it encompasses non-members of the media. “In order to remedy this defect the [continue reading]