See also:
» 05.05.2011 - Lesotho finds key to avoid election violence
» 14.05.2010 - Lesotho enacts free compulsory education
» 23.04.2010 - Lesotho adopts new system to cut on road accidents
» 07.08.2009 - Lesotho govt to also investigate industrial pollution
» 03.08.2009 - Lesotho’s opposition stay-away not a success
» 03.08.2009 - Lesotho’s blue rivers to be investigated
» 16.07.2009 - Lesotho govt not backing off new financial tool
» 22.04.2009 - Lesotho's Prime Minister safe

China wholesale online through

Houlihan's coupons

Finn autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden på
Gazpacho Børek Kartoffelsalat Taboulé Gulasj Albóndigas Cevapi Rougaille Japrak sarma Zwiebelbrot Klopse Giouvetsi Paella Pljeskavica Pica pau Pulpo a la gallega Flammkuchen Langosj Tapenade Chatsjapuri Pasulj Lassi Kartoffelpuffer Tortilla Raznjici Knödel Lentejas Bœuf bourguignon Korianderchutney Brenneslesuppe Proia Sæbsi kavurma Sardinske calamares

Autentiske matoppskrifter fra hele verden finner du på
Réunion Portugal Aserbajdsjan Serbia Tyskland Seychellene Bosnia Spania Libanon Belgia India Kroatia Hellas Italia Ungarn Komorene Georgia Mauritius Østerrike Romania Frankrike

Society | Media

Lesotho media consider acting against govt

afrol News, 16 May - Media organisations in Lesotho are considering acting against the Maseru government after a price hike in licence fees that threatens to push several publications out of the market. The head of Lesotho's pressure group for free media, Thabang Matjama, warned afrol News about "serious" threats to local media.

The Media Institute of Southern Africa, Lesotho chapter (MISA Lesotho) is contemplating to petition the government of Lesotho, following the recent seven-fold licence fee hike that invoked scathing criticism by the media and other critics from the public, the acting Director of MISA Lesotho Thabang Matjama today hinted in an interview with afrol News. Mr Matjama revealed that the National Governing Council (NGC) of the organisation would seriously look into the issue when they meet on Sunday 18 May.

"This is a serious travesty to media freedom. The move further sacrifices pluralism of the media. Most of them are already struggling even to pay their employees. During Sunday's meeting the NGC will discuss comprehensively the possibility of petitioning the government about this issue," Mr Matjama asserted. The MISA leader is also the default secretary of the council by virtue of him being the head of secretariat.

The Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) recently slapped broadcasters with a seven-fold license fee hike. The LCA sent invoices to radio stations with a shocking US$ 3000 annual fee, up from US$ 400. The move has angered the broadcasters, especially private media outlets, which have since 2005 suffered from economic difficulties owing to moves by the government to withdraw advertising.

MISA Lesotho has also expressed shock at the change of events in recent times, when the regulatory wrote to 'Harvest FM', a popular private radio station that broadcasts from Maseru, the capital of Lesotho, to ask the station to show course within sixty days why the station could not be closed.

The government of Lesotho is also about to make an amendment in parliament of the LTA Act that vests all the licence issuing and revoking powers in the minister, a move widely seen as a steady plot to close down private radio stations that are critical of the government.

Commenting further on these issues, MISA Lesotho told afrol News that the government actions are not those of a democratic state expected to observe international instruments, including the African Charter on the Broadcasting.

In an interview with the local newspaper 'Lesotho Times', the Minister of Communication, Science and Technology Mothejoa Metsing defended the Bill saying the government is only acting on the public interests. "I have asked my colleagues in the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee as to what we would do given a situation whereby a radio station has started inciting violence," the Minister told the paper on Wednesday, at the same time reiterating "this is where we believe the minister should have the right to close it down."

One part of the Bill reads "The Minister shall have power, in substantial, exceptional and compelling circumstances, to revoke a license and close or cause to be closed the communications services authorities under the license without prior hearing."

MISA was formed in 1992 and is the Southern Africa regional coordinating body formed to harness, uphold and advocate for freedom of speech and the media together with human rights respectively. MISA has about eleven member countries better known as chapters.

- Create an e-mail alert for Lesotho news
- Create an e-mail alert for Society news
- Create an e-mail alert for Media news

    Printable version

On the Afrol News front page now

Rwanda succeeds including citizens in formal financial sector

afrol News - It is called "financial inclusion", and it is a key government policy in Rwanda. The goal is that, by 2020, 90 percent of the population is to have and actively use bank accounts. And in only four years, financial inclusion has doubled in Rwanda.

Famine warning: "South Sudan is imploding"

afrol News - The UN's humanitarian agencies now warn about a devastating famine in Sudan and especially in South Sudan, where the situation is said to be "imploding". Relief officials are appealing to donors to urgently fund life-saving activities in the two countries.
Panic in West Africa after Ebola outbreak in Guinea

afrol News - Fear is spreading all over West Africa after the health ministry in Guinea confirmed the first Ebola outbreak in this part of Africa. According to official numbers, at least 86 are infected and 59 are dead as a result of this very contagious disease.
Ethiopia tightens its already strict anti-gay laws

afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
Ethiopia plans Africa's biggest dam

afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.

front page | news | countries | archive | currencies | news alerts login | about afrol News | contact | advertise | español 

©  afrol News. Reproducing or buying afrol News' articles.

   You can contact us at