When people think of democratic countries in Africa, Botswana often comes to mind. Since gaining independence from Britain in 1966, the southern African nation of two million people has achieved great growth and stability. It has done so, mostly, without compromising on human rights. Good governance, combined with vast wealth from its diamond reserves, has made for an African success story.
Recently, though, not all has been so rosy—particularly when it comes to press freedom. I interviewed Botswana journalist Joel Konopo via email to find out more. Konopo, former Botswana Guardian editor, is the co-founder of online news site INK, a centre for investigative journalism. He also writes for amaBhungane, the investigative arm of South African newspaper Mail & Guardian.
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Top photo: Botswana president Ian Khama. Mail & Guardian