Botswana: Government denies sidelining private media in government adverts

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Botswana government has denied allegations that private media have been blacklisted from getting government advertising for their operations.

Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration Philip Makgalemele on Monday denied suggestions that government may have blacklisted some private newspapers and is starving private media of advertising.

Makgalemele said that the government spent a total of P4,388,698.00 (approximately US$404,994.41) on advertising in private local newspapers.

“Government is not blacklisting any newspaper. The criteria used to select newspapers for advertising by government has been determined by individual ministries on a case by case basis.
It may, however, be noted that all newspapers receiving government advertising should have a trading licence, tax clearance and Public Procurement & Asset Disposal Board (PPADB)  registration,” said Makgalemele.

In March, government also denied reports that an internal memo was circulated to government entities putting a ban on advertising in "unapproved media platforms" – media outlets deemed controversial.
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08 december 2015 09:58:01

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