EU Ambassador appeals to media to sensitise the public about online harms

The Head of the EU Delegation to Botswana and SADC, Ambassador Jan Sadek says the media is a critical stakeholder in disseminating information hence it is a best fit for the task of sensitising the public about the importance of staying safe online, the risks of the internet, and the precautions needed to protect themselves.

Ambassador Sadek was speaking at the official opening of a Media Workshop on Cybersecurity in Gaborone on 24th November 2020.

He noted that the media plays a critical role in the development of societies particularly as it acts as a conduit through which the public receives and imparts information and knowledge as well as creating platforms for meaningful dialogue and conversations

Ambassador Sadek noted that Botswana was putting so much energy behind the effort to secure a digital infrastructure for its people, including the recently adopted National Cyber Security Strategy, which identifies important measures to put in place and capacities to be developed to keep us all safe.

However, he cautioned that without taking cyber security seriously, risks remain.

“Cyber security starts with each and every one of us. We need to work together and recognise the importance of adopting cyber hygiene practices. As we familiarise ourselves with the internet, we must learn to also use it safely” he said.

It is for this reason that Ambassador Sadek said a workshop was organised for the media to learn about cybersecurity and report effectively, with knowledge and understanding of the various issues, some of which can be too technical.

“The digital sector has a great potential to improve citizens lives in Botswana and around the globe, but it is also important to realize that there are risks associated to the digital transformation that we need to prevent and fight” noted Ambassador Sadek.

The Workshop was hosted by the eBotho Cyberspace Initiative in partnership with Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority and supported by the EU Mission in Botswana.