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Title:Mass Media, Politics and Society in Botswana: The 1990s and beyond
Author:Zaffiro, James J.
Periodical:Africa Today
Period:1st Quarter
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:political systems
mass communication
Politics and Government
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4186885
Abstract:In contemporary African politics, to study the press and broadcasting is to unavoidably and deeply enter the realm of political and social policy analysis. This article examines recent patterns and trends in media-government relations in Botswana, a functioning multiparty, parliamentary democracy of 1.4 million people, with one radio station, a government daily newspaper, and four private weeklies. Attention is paid to government media development under National Development Plan VII; the role of the private press and the government-produced 'Botswana Daily News'; the Botswana Press Agency; Radio Botswana; the developments leading to the inauguration of a national television service; and the role of private reporting in uncovering the Botswana Housing Corporation scandal as well as in revealing the covert financial links with the intelligence arm of the South African Defence Force (SADF) of the short-lived Gaborone weekly 'Newslink Africa' in 1991. Notes, ref.