(1) There shall be a Council,
to be known as the Media Council.
(2) The Council shall be a
body corporate with perpetual succession, capable of suing and being sued in
its own name.
(3) The Council shall have a
common seal and may hold, acquire and dispose of any movable or immovable
[Ch6109s4]4. Independence of
The Council shall operate
without any political or other bias or interference, and shall be wholly
independent and separate from the government, any political party or any other
[Ch6109s5]5. Objects of
The objects of the Council
(a) to preserve media freedom;
(b) to uphold standards of professional conduct
and promote good ethical standards and discipline among media practitioners;
(c) to promote the observance of media ethics
in accordance with the Code of Ethics issued by the Council under section 9
(d) to promote public awareness of the rights
and responsibilities of media practitioners, through such outreach programmes
as may be established;
(e) to establish links with similar
organisations within and outside Botswana;
(f) to monitor the activities of media
(g) to receive complaints directed against
(h) to bring together media practitioners and
other media stakeholders in Botswana, with a view to exchanging information,
sharing ideas and dealing with any challenges facing the development of the
(i) to register and accredit resident media
(j) to issue accredited resident media
practitioners with identity cards;
(k) to maintain a media register;
(l) to seek financial and other assistance for
the operations of the Council;
(m) to sponsor training in media work and advise
on matters pertaining to the education and training of media practitioners; and
(n) to undertake such research into the
performance of the media as may be consistent with the furtherance of the
and accreditation of resident media practitioners
(1) A resident media
practitioner shall be registered and accredited by the Executive Committee.
(2) An application for
registration and accreditation shall be made in accordance with the regulations
made by the Executive Committee.
[Ch6109s7]7. Membership of
(1) The membership of the
Council shall consist of all publishers of news and information, whether or not
in the private or public sector.
(2) Subject to the provisions
of subsection (1), a publisher of news and information shall apply to the
Executive Committee for membership of the Council.
(3) Any person in Botswana
having a legitimate interest in the development of the local media industry may
apply to the Executive Committee for associate membership.
(4) A member or associate
member shall pay to the Council such annual subscription as may be prescribed
by the Executive Committee.
(5) A person who contravenes
the provisions of this section commits an offence and is liable to a fine not
exceeding P5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, or to
[Ch6109s8]8. Tenure and
termination of membership
(1) A person shall
(a) be a member or an associate member upon
approval of his or her application to the Executive Committee under section 7
(2) and section 7 (3); and
(b) cease to be a member or associate member upon
termination of his or her membership.
(2) A persons application
for membership and termination of membership of the Council shall be in
accordance with regulations made by the Executive Committee.