Generally, Botswana hardly makes it in international headlines
(like those splashed on CNN or BBC) often, but there is still quite a bit going on
within the country on a daily basis.
History of Media in
After Botswana's independence, the government granted freedom of expression
to all of it's citizens. This meant that even the opposition to the government
had every right to express themselves in print or digital media without being
prosecuted or snuffed, a privilege that citizens in many other African countries
have been denied. In fact, there was no censorship, although journalists
generally adhered to community standards and cultural rules of not using offensive language
in their content. The same privilege of open publishing was granted to foreign
journalists and media. Eventually, the University of Botswana created a media
studies department to provide training to its citizens.
Print media included a free daily newssheet for all starting in 1964, and in the 1980's
television transmission to select areas began. By 2002, the state-owned Botswana
Daily News (English and Setswana) was the largest in the country, followed by Botswana Guardian
Botswana Gazette (English) and Mmegi wa Digmang (English and Setswana),
which are privately owned.
Botswana Media Today
Quite a few newspapers have been established since the early days, and with
the rise of the internet, the newspapers have also gone online. Weekly
newspapers and magazines have also found their way onto the media scenes. These
are the sites for locally published news in Botswana (as well as some regional and
There are also a few radio stations based in Botswana which stream online.
The national broadcaster Radio Botswana is not yet available on online
streaming, but Gabz FM, Duma FM and Yarona FM can be found online and on radio
streaming apps such as Radio FM and Tune In. The news on Botswana is included in
the broadcasts, usually on the hour.
Newspapers Published in Botswana
There are a few local newspapers that are online both daily and
weekly. The Daily News is the state-run newspaper while the others are privately
owned newspapers. The ones to note are as follows:
Online daily newspapers that include:
• Daily News - www.dailynews.gov.bw
• Botswana Guardian - www.botswanaguardian.co.bw
• The Voice - www.thevoicebw.com
Weekly news sites include:
• The Weekend Post - www.weekendpost.co.bw
• The Sunday Standard - www.sundaystandard.info
• The Midweek Sun - www.themidweeksun.co.bw
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