Friday, July 12, 2024

On Facebook, Khama denies having said he’s ‘unavailable’ to take up royal duties

Former president Ian Khama has described as “fake news” a Sunday Standard story headlined “All Three Khama Brothers Say They Are ‘Unavailable’ For Royal Duty.” Shortly after the story was published in the print edition and in line with standard practice, a banner headline was replicated on the paper’s Facebook page.

Khama’s own page, which at press time had 641 000-plus followers, has its own standard practice: blotting out unfavourable front-page images or banner headlines with a stamp-like overwriting of “fake news.” Our information is that this page has a paid administrator but Khama has the final say.

“Fake news” has been used for a long time but was popularised by former United States president, Donald Trump, to refer not to fake news but unfavourable media coverage. However, what is odd with emblazoning “fake news” on the banner headline about the Khama brothers being unavailable for royal duty is that the language was taken straight from a sworn statement that Khama has made to the Maun High Court.

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