Botswana - Media
In 2000, there were 150,000 main line telephones in use, along with 200,000 mobile cellular phones. The government controls the content of nearly all radio and television broadcasts through the Botswana Press Agency (BOPA), which produces the free Daily News newspaper, Radio Botswana, which broadcasts nationally to most of the country, and Botswana Television (BTV). There were 8 AM and 13 FM radio stations and 1 television station in 2001. Radio Botswana broadcasts, in English and Setswana, a variety of news, educational, cultural, and entertainment programs. An earth satellite station was erected in 1980. In 2000, there were about 155 radios and 25 television sets for every 1,000 people. The same year, there were about 37 personal computers in use for every 1,000 people, with 11 Internet service providers serving 33,000 people in 2001.
There is one daily newspaper in Botswana, the government published the Dikgang Tsa Gompieno (or Daily News , circulation 50,000 in 2002) in both English and Setswana. The government also publishes, in a bilingual edition, the monthly magazine Kutlwaro (circulation 24,000). In 2002, 4 independent newspapers were publishing on a weekly basis, with a total circulation of over 50,000. MMegi Wa Digmang , or The Reporter, is published in both Setswana and English with a weekly circulation of 24,000. The major political parties publish monthly journals.
The constitution of Botswana ensures a free press and free speech, and the government is said to highly respect these rights.