2 journalists facing charges in runup to elections
Last Updated : GMT 16:22:18
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

2 journalists facing charges in run-up to elections

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today 2 journalists facing charges in run-up to elections

journalists facing serious charges
London - Arab Today

Mokone, the editor of the Gaborone-based Sunday Standard, is charged with seditious intent over a story about a car accident involving the president in August, while the journalist who wrote it, Edgar Tsimane, has fled and been granted provisional refugee status in neighbouring South Africa.
Arrested on 8 September when police raided and searched the newspaper, Mokone was freed the next day as a result of his lawyer’s intervention. The police also wanted to arrest Tsimane but he was able to flee the country before they found him. A relative of Tsimane works for the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS).
Strangely, Tsimane’s computer was not seized during the raid. The police only confiscated the computer used by Mokone, who has himself written several articles in the past year accusing the DIS of corruption. A few months ago, the DIS brought a court action against the Sunday Standard in an attempt to force it to stop writing these articles, but judges rejected the request.
“The disparity between the offending story’s content and the severity of the charges cannot be justified,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “One cannot help seeing this as an attempt to gag a newspaper that has often denounced government corruption. We urge the courts to immediately dismiss all the proceedings against Mokone and Tsimane.”
Mokone told Reporters Without Borders: “The sedition charge was just an excuse for searching the newspaper. The authorities are interested in my sources. They are trying to intimidate us in the run-up to the election and, at the same time, they are making an example out of us in order to discourage other news media.”
His lawyer, Dick Bayford, says the 1964 sedition law has no place in a constitutional and democratic country, that it poses a permanent threat to journalists and has a chilling effect on the journalists and freedom of information.
There has been an outcry about Mokone’s arrest and the US State Department voiced concern on 10 September, saying it was inconsistent with media freedom.
The ruling Botswana Democratic Party’s continuing control of the national assembly is at stake in parliamentary elections scheduled for 24 October. The BDP has had 45 of the assembly’s 57 seats since the last elections, which it won with 53 per cent of the vote.
Until now a safe country for journalists, Botswana is ranked 41st out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.
Source: RSF

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

2 journalists facing charges in runup to elections 2 journalists facing charges in runup to elections

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

2 journalists facing charges in runup to elections 2 journalists facing charges in runup to elections

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordanian woman reveals her project

GMT 00:46 2017 Saturday ,11 November

Jordanian woman reveals her project
Arab Today, arab today Prince's vision spurs new Cornwall village

GMT 03:12 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Prince's vision spurs new Cornwall village
Arab Today, arab today Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings

GMT 11:14 2017 Friday ,10 November

Keep kids busy at Thanksgiving gatherings
Arab Today, arab today Israel ready to cooperate with Saudi

GMT 06:31 2017 Friday ,17 November

Israel ready to cooperate with Saudi
Arab Today, arab today Airbnb raided by Japan

GMT 01:55 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Airbnb raided by Japan
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Australian academic's book pulled

GMT 15:20 2017 Monday ,13 November

Australian academic's book pulled
Arab Today, arab today May under Brexit pressure at EU reform summit

GMT 02:14 2017 Saturday ,18 November

May under Brexit pressure at EU reform summit
Arab Today, arab today Delhi half-marathon to go ahead

GMT 03:51 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck

GMT 02:59 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Tesla unveils its all-electric semi truck
Arab Today, arab today Baidu speeds up AI progress

GMT 11:46 2017 Friday ,17 November

Baidu speeds up AI progress
Arab Today, arab today Hanan Metawe denies apology for “Major Treason”

GMT 12:22 2017 Thursday ,16 November

Hanan Metawe denies apology for “Major Treason”
Arab Today, arab today paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 16:04 2017 Friday ,17 November

paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 08:06 2017 Wednesday ,15 November

Ayten Amer happy for “The Flood” success

GMT 11:15 2017 Thursday ,16 November

Angola oil boss sacked by father's protege

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 11:38 2017 Wednesday ,15 November

Unloved vultures fight for their survival

GMT 11:49 2017 Thursday ,17 August

Egyptian artist presents new collection of designs

GMT 06:13 2017 Friday ,17 November

Pope denounces healthcare inequality

GMT 05:18 2017 Thursday ,16 November

Boeing announces $27bn from flydubai

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday