The Southern African Editors’ Forum has expressed alarmed at the thwarting and suppression of free expression among its people and by extension the media through Botswana’s contemplated Criminal Procedure and Evidence Bill. The Bill in its current format, they say, is dangerous as it forces the disclosure of information by citizens including journalists and allows intelligence officers to use fake identities while providing them immunity from prosecution. Even without this Bill, SAEF says, there was already widespread assault on the media in Botswana and they fear its introduction will lead to a culture of arrogance and willy-nilly condemnation and execution of innocent citizens reminiscent of the colonial and apartheid-era.
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