Botswana: Media workers in Botswana fight journalists persecution

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana Media Allied Workers Union (BOMAWU) has organised a demonstration slated for Thursday against alleged abuse and unfair treatment of journalists by employers.

Victor Baatweng, BOMAWU’s Secretary General on Wednesday said a trend to threaten and silence radio journalists has emerged in the couthern Africa country.

Baatweng said the Union will hand over a petition to Gabz FM (one of the country’s private radio stations) management demanding the reinstatement of 'The Breakfast With Reg Presenter', Reginald Richardson and his producer Keikantse Shumba.

The duo initial suspension for ten days has been indefinitely extended without affording them a hearing.

In addition, BOMAWU said Gabz FM management was yet to reveal reasons that led to suspension of the two journalists.

“It is a considered view of the BOMAWU that the suspension of the two by their employer is nothing but a calculated move to intimidate and muzzle journalists and other members of the press,” Baatweng said.

He decried that radio stations have been placing full liability on journalists for any perceived wrongdoing while ‘exonerating themselves and their managers’.

In October, news editor at Yarona  FM another private radio station, Kaombona Kanani was suspended for publishing a photo-shopped picture of a naked President Ian Khama that was circulating in the social media.

“We have decided to take it to the street on Thursday to sensitise the public on what is going on and seek immediate reinstatement of our comrades,” said Baatweng.

Meanwhile solidarity messages have started pouring in to support media workers from other workers union in the country.

-0- PANA DRW/AR 23Nov2016

23 november 2016 18:31:04

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