BOTSWANA NEWS & MEDIA
Freedom of speech is granted by Botswana law and preserved in the constitution. Opposition parties, however, assert that government hinders their free reporting on radio. In 2003, there were approximately 150 radios, 44 television sets and 40.7 computers for every 1,000 people. The radio was the most far-reaching electronic media in Botswana and its importance was very apparent though the internet is now available to the greater urban population and growing medium in the villages too. The government institution – Botswana Press Agency has authority over radio and television with Radio Botswana and Radio Botswana 2 as well as Botswana Television. Government programs are a mix of information and entertainment-oriented programs. In 2004, only two non-governmental radio stations, Yarona FM and Gabz FM operated in almost half a dozen of the most populous towns in Botswana. However, Duma FM has been put up since then. On the other hand, The Gaborone Broadcasting Company is the only private television broadcasting firm and has mostly foreign shows. Lastly, published media in Botswana has limited circulation: the government’s Daily News and Kutlwaro has 50,000 and 24,000 respectively; compared to four weekly independent papers that have a combined circulation of over 50,000. Other publications are: Botswana Guardian, Botswana Gazette, The Reporter, Sunday Standard, The Midweek Sun and The Voice.