KHAMA’S ‘CONFIDENTIAL’ MEDIA SURVEY SET TONGUES WAGGING

President Khama got the nation talking and the social media buzzing on Monday with claims that a survey has indicated that Batswana trust government media more than the private press.

KHAMA

The president uttered the controversial claims which attracted a roar of  laughter across parliament during his State of the Nation address, a response he reacted to by saying: ” I repeat !  I am also pleased to note that perception surveys continue to confirm that Batswana put their trust in BTV, Radio Botswana and the Daily News for accurate and responsible news and information. It’s a fact,” after a brief interruption from the house.

On Wednesday however  The Voice hit a snag in its attempt to find out which survey informed the president’s speech as government spokesperson Jeff Ramsay refused to disclose the source of President Khama’s perception survey.

“That is impossible, it is a private matter,” he said.

RAMSAY

Ramsay however went on to say that similar surveys have been conducted before which have shown public’s perception was in the favour of state media.

“There have been a couple of surveys, and you have to know that usually people carry out these surveys for their own purposes. All I can tell you is that a survey was conducted but I can’t tell you who did it,” he said.

Commenting on the president’s claims the Chairperson of the Editor’s forum and Sunday Standard Deputy Editor Spencer Mogapi said he was disappointed but not surprised by the President remarks.

“The President talked about a survey he could not disclose, but then again we all know his disdain for private media, so it was not a surprise at all,” said Mogapi who went on to lament what he described as the president’s deliberate polarization of the relationship between state and private media through his divisive comments.

“That was really unnecessary. In a way the President was trying to justify the continual glaring abuse of state media by his government,” Mogapi said.

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  • Total
    November 13, 2012, 3:07 am

    You guys are unnecessarily speculating. The onus is on SKI to provide proof for his remarks, before then just consider as lying with a straight face in public. I mean if its a private survey and thus a private matter or whatever is being alluded to don’t announce it in public unless you can prove it. Some of these things are really getting to be sickening and disgusting and even alien to over native. I suspect congenital dissonance from the pair.

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  • Total
    November 13, 2012, 3:09 am

    You guys are unnecessarily speculating. The onus is on SKI to provide proof for his remarks, before then just consider it as lying with a straight face in public. I mean if its a private survey and thus a private matter or whatever is being alluded to don’t announce it in public unless you provide proof. Some of these things are really getting to be sickening and disgusting and even alien to over native. I suspect congenital dissonance from the pair.

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  • christos4111
    November 13, 2012, 10:57 am

    It’s amazing how Jeff Ramsay is always defending anything that comes out of the government in an almost rediculous manner, its also amazing how much he knows about the history of the country, he is always writing scholarly articles on sunday standard.

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  • cheerful
    November 13, 2012, 8:34 pm

    There seems to be this culture of hitting “a Snag” or a questionnaire not being responded to” (???) Perhaps the person who conducted the survey wants a pat on the back(!??) do not let this worry you just keep your chin up(!!)

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  • rouge
    November 15, 2012, 3:21 pm

    for a spokeperson this guy ramsay never says anything. koore ke ipotsa gore ene tiro ya gagwe ke go loba kana go phatlalatsa mafoko. he is useless tota, do knw why the media still bother asking him bout these things!

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