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Journalists in exile

Over the past six years, the Committee to Protect Journalists has documented 243 cases of journalists who have been forced to flee their home country to avoid harassment and imprisonment. On average, three journalists a month make this escape, with less than 15% of them ever seeing home again....

Botswana to set up media college

Botswana will be launching its first multimedia college in January 2004, in the suburb of Phakalane. Courses on offer will include Film and TV Production, Radio Broadcasting, Journalism, Advertising, Graphic Design and Media Studies. It is expected that these courses will eventually run to degree...

Yfm extends range

Yfm has extended its field of broadcast and is now available on DStv's Channel 60 of the audio transmissions. Yfm can now be received in most of Southern Africa, including the whole of the RSA, Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland, Southern Angola, Mozambique and parts of Zimbabwe.

Mail & Guardian bid

Zimbabwe's Independent Media Group, backed by the Botswana Bank, is on a shortlist of three bidders to buy a stake in the SA Mail & Guardian. Also in the running is Nail CEO Saki Macozoma and his associate David Barritt, while the third bidder's identity is uncertain. The successful bidder will own...

Zim exports its propaganda

In an effort to counteract the negative reports about Zimbabwe, the state media is selling its newspapers in neighbouring countries and Europe. The Sunday Mail and The Herald are on sale in Britain, while three other state-run papers are on sale in Botswana, and The Manica Post is being sold in...

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