The sprouting of online publications which tend to publish far-fetched information, plagiarized work and false information has caused the raise of eyebrows.
The Minister of State, Mr. Kabo Morwaeng, pleaded during the MISA Botswana Awards on Thursday with the media fraternity to come up with solutions on how to tackle and deal with such online publications. He further mentioned that the government has a responsibility to make sure that the media is operated within a healthy and conductive atmosphere.
“We can only track these developments with your assistance and guidance. The recently passed media law, which was a consequence of a thorough consultative process, seeks to find a balance of these two; the inalienable right of the media to report freely without fear or favour and the right of ordinary citizens to fair and truthful reporting,” he added.
The MISA Botswana chairperson, Mr Mboki Chilisa, said the return of the awards was an opportunity to celebrate achievements of various media houses and journalists as this year’s event included a spot for digital media platforms
During the award ceremony, some media houses and journalists received awards for their hard work throughout the years being the Yarona FM reporter, Mr Katlego Rakola, who received the Overall Best Journalist of the Year award, Sunday Standard’s Mpho Kuhlmann won two awards; the Best Feature of the Year and Best Reporter on HIV\AIDS while Chairman’s Award went to Mr Spencer Mogapi.