Botswana is a landlocked country in southern Africa roughly the size of Texas or France, with a population estimated at 2,249,104 in July 2018. It has a stable democratic, parliamentary government and a stable economy. Free and fair elections are held regularly, and the constitution provides for fundamental rights and freedoms.

Despite its strong democratic credentials and political stability, the media environment in Botswana is not entirely democratic. A state broadcaster operating out of the president’s office dominates television and radio, and legislation in 2008 introduced a system of registration for all media practitioners and set up a media complaints committee, which comprises only ministerial appointees. The Daily News, which is free and is the biggest circulation newspaper in Botswana, is state owned. State media ...

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