Support for the campaign on freedom of information
The media in Botswana has over the years been relatively free, owing to adherence to democratic principles and the freedom of expression which is enshrined in its constitution. The thriving economy and democratic credentials of the country ave made the outside world oblivious of recent events that are regressive and are threatening the image of the country as a shining example of democracy. This has led to most donors seeing no need to assist civil society organizations in the country in facing these disturbing developments.
The media fraternity is however dominated by state media which have more reach compared to the less resourced private media, struggling to reach out to the majority of the nation. The political environment in the country has called for greater accountability and transparency in the handling of public funds, hence the need for a freedom of information law that will empower the general citizenry to hold their rulers accountable. Access to information would allow citizens to act in favour of a more transparent government, and as such help fight the issues of corruption and maladministration. This project will attempt to address the situation by advocating for the enactment of a Freedom of Information Bill, targeting the media and information sectors of Botswana, members of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and the Botswana society at large.