The Lesotho Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) says it is mobilising international support to curtail what it sees as government intimidation of the media.
This is after two Lesotho radio stations were cut off air, allegedly on instructions from the Minister of Communications.
The stations were later re-opened after obtaining a court order.
However, the National Director of MISA Lesotho, Tsebo Mat’sasa, says they remain concerned about threats to media freedom in the kingdom.
“I think at the moment, looking at the incidents that have happened, it looks like the media is under threat. We have contact with committee to protect journalists. we are also in touch with amnesty international and as we speak, we are giving updates from time to time because we think that whatever is happening with regard to the media, if it infringes the freedom of the media the world will be affected in one way or another, because we as a country, we are not living in isolation.”
– By Nthakoana Ngatane