MISA Botswana, Limkokwing University Media Faculty and the University of Botswana Media Studies Department and the media fraternity will commemorate World Press Freedom Day on the 3rd- 5th of May 2012 at Limkokwing University.
The 3-Day event, which includes a panel discussion on the 3rd, Media Houses Expo/ Exhibition on the 4th and a peaceful march on the 5th of May, will attract media, business community, students and members of the public. The theme for this year’s commemoration is “ Difficulty in The Access to Quality Information Undermines Media Freedom”.
The first day, 3rd of May, a panel consisting of Deputy Permanent Secretary, Government Communications Dr Jeff Ramsay, Ditshwanelo Director Ms Alice Mogwe, Managing Editor of Botswana Guardian & Sun newspapers and Botswana Editors Forum’s Mpho Dibeela, Journalism Programme Leader at Limkokwing University Mr Mpho Pusoetsile and University of Botswana Media Studies Lecturer Dr Letshwiti Tutwane will lead the discussion along the topic “Media Freedom has the Power to transform societies.”
Friday the 4th May, a symposium will run concurrently with Media Houses Expo from 0900hrs to 1630hours. Debswana Diamond Company Group Manager- Public & Corporate Affairs Mrs Esther Kanaimba- Senai will officially open the Media Expo at 1100 hours. Media houses will have stalls in place showcasing their products and interacting with students and members of the public. Academia and interested members of the public are invited to write papers around this year’s theme and submit them to [email protected] not later than the 30th of April 2012.
On Saturday the 5th of May, the day will begin with a peaceful public March at 0830hrs at Limkokwing University and proceed to Barclays Block 3 circle, where we will make a u-turn and walk back to Limkokwing University. The official programme, which includes “So This is Democracy” Booklet Launch, solidarity messages, UNESCO Message and Key note address by United States Ambassador Ms Michelle Gavin will start at 0930 and end at 1230hours.