Botswana Charging Journalist with Sedition Part of Attempt to Silence the Press

Washington

Following the decision by prosecutors in Botswana to file sedition charges against the editor of the Sunday Standard, Outsa Mokone, Freedom House released the following statement:

“The sedition charge against Outsa Mokone and his September 8 arrest make it increasingly clear that freedom of expression is under attack in Botswana, as the government tries to silence journalists,” said Jenai Cox, program manager for Africa programs at Freedom House. “The charge against Mokone, made in response to an article that detailed the president’s involvement in a car accident, follows the government filing a suit on a separate issue against his newspaper, which was accused of violating the law by publishing excerpts of a government investigation into alleged corruption of the head of Botswana’s intelligence services, Isaac Kgosi.”

Botswana is rated Free in Freedom in the World 2014 and is rated Partly Free in Freedom of the Press 2014.

 

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