Botswana Arrest Journos Over Story

Officials from the Botswana corruption watchdog raid the offices of the Botswana Gazette and arrested its manager, editor, journalist and lawyer

Officials from the Botswana corruption watchdog have raided the offices of the Botswana Gazette and arrested its manager, editor, journalist and lawyer in what appears to be a continuing effort by Botswana government to clamp down on the private press.

The arrest comes eight months after the detention of the editor of the Sunday Standard, Outsa Mokone, under sedition charges, causing veteran journalist, Edgar Tsimane, to flee to South Africa, saying that he fears for his life.

The search warrant and arrest comes after the newspaper published an investigative story that linked a deported Zambian national, Jerry Chitube, to illegal activities for Botswana’s intelligence arm, the Directorate on Intelligence and Security Services, and the ruling Botswana Democratic Party.

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