Media Practitioners - Establishment And Membership Of The Council Ss 38

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[Ch6109s3]3. Establishment

of Council

(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

media practitioners;

(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

media industry;

(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

Councils objectives.

[Ch6109s6]6. Registration

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 person’s application

for membership and termination of membership of the Council shall be in

accordance with regulations made by the Executive Committee.