[FoME] African Media Barometer Lesotho 2012

Nora Thoma nora at fesmedia.org
Mo Dez 16 13:32:16 CET 2013

Dear all,


Please find here the direct link to the AMB Lesotho 2012:  



The African Media Barometer (AMB) identifies and analyses the shortcomings
and best practices in the legal as well as practical media environment of
different African countries. Using a variety of African documents as a
benchmark, the AMB can serve as a tool to lobby for media reform.


The AMB Lesotho revealed:

Lesotho's constitution protects freedom of expression, however, there are
numerous laws that restrict freedom of expression and media freedoms which
consequently led journalists to operate in uncertain and fearful
environment. The Internal Security (General) Act of 1984 prohibits criticism
of the government while the Sedition Proclamation (No.44 of 1938) law
endangers journalists' ability to protect the confidentiality of their
sources.  Additionally, the Parliamentary Powers and Privilege Act undercut
journalists' right to information by providing powers, privileges and
immunities for each of the Houses of Parliament.

The general media landscape in Lesotho is regarded as uneven in terms of
accessibility and circulation especially in print media, even though it is
easy to register a publishing newspaper. The broadcasting media on the other
hand has a wide reach in all parts of the country and the government assists
with setting up of small radios but like the public broadcaster the aired
content remains in the hands of the state. The Communication Act of 2012
addresses the issue of monopolies in the broadcasting sector but it turns a
blind eye to the editorial independence of the state broadcaster.
Journalists working for private media houses receive low salaries and suffer
from bad working condition. 


Enjoy the read!!!!


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Please do not hesitate to contact me or my colleague Helvi Elago
(helvi at fesmedia.org)  should you have any questions.


Kind regards,





Nora Thoma 

Programme Officer

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung

fesmedia Africa


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