1.   Short title


   2.   Interpretation




Establishment and Membership of the Council


   3.   Establishment of Council


   4.   Independence of Council


   5.   Objects of Council


   6.   Registration and accreditation of resident media practitioners


   7.   Membership of Council


   8.   Tenure and termination of membership




Conduct of Media Practitioners


   9.   Code of Ethics


   10.   Right to reply






   11.   Complaints Committee


   12.   Complaints may be lodged with Council


   13.   Reference to Complaints Committee


   14.   Ruling of Complaints Committee


   15.   Appeals Committee


   16.   Tenure of office of members


   17.   Disqualification, resignation or removal


   18.   Executive Committee of Council


   19.   Tenure of office of members of Executive Committee


   20.   Disqualification from Executive Committee


   21.   Vacation of office, resignation or removal


   22.   Remuneration of committee members


   23.   Appointment of other committees and delegation of powers




Management and Staff of the Council


   24.   Chief executive


   25.   Other staff of Council




Meetings of the Council


   26.   Ordinary general meetings


   27.   Special general meetings


   28.   Minutes of meetings




Miscellaneous Provisions


   29.   Competition


   30.   Disclosure of interest


   31.   Accounts to be kept


   32.   Funds of Council


   33.   Financial year of Council


   34.   Annual reporting


   35.   Role of Minister


   36.   Transitional provisions


   37.   Regulations


   38.   Regulations to be made by the Minister



Act 29, 2008.

An Act to establish a Media Council for Botswana for the purpose of preserving the maintenance of high professional standards within the media and to provide for matters related thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 31st December, 2008]

Preliminary (ss 1-2)


1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Media Practitioners Act.


2.   Interpretation

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

   "Appeals Committee" means the Appeals Committee appointed under section 15;

   "chairperson" means the chairperson of the Executive Committee;

   "committee" means a committee appointed by the Council under section 23;

   "Complaints Committee" means the Complaints Committee established under section 11;

   "Council" means the Media Council established under section 3;

   "Executive Committee" means the governing body of the Council elected under section 18 (2);

   "media practitioner" means a person engaged in the writing, editing or transmitting of news and information to the public, and includes a broadcaster under the Broadcasting Act, a journalist, editor or publisher of a publication and the manager or proprietor of a publication or broadcasting station;

   "member" means a member of the Council but excludes an associate member;

   "notice" includes an instrument made by statutory instrument;

   "publication" includes all print, broadcast and electronic information which is published;

   "published" means issued for distribution, by sale or otherwise; and

   "publisher" means a media institution or a person who is responsible for the production of a publication.

Establishment and Membership of the Council (ss 3-8)


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 property.


4.   Independence of Council

   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 body.


5.   Objects of Council

   The objects of the Council are-


   (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 (1);


   (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 practitioners;


   (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 practitioners;


   (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.


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.


7.   Membership of Council

   (1) The membership of the Council shall consist of all publishers of news and infor

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