What We Do
MISA Lesotho seeks to promote freedom of expression, media freedom, media diversity, independence and pluralism in Lesotho in conformity with the 1991 Windhoek Declaration which saw the birth of MISA and hence the MISA Chapter Lesotho. With this in mind the organization endeavours’ to uplift the standards of journalism in Lesotho and to facilitate the economic self-sufficiency of the independent media operating in the country. It promotes and defends media freedom and freedom of expression, takes appropriate steps where such freedoms are violated and removes obstacles and impediments to the free flow of information in Lesotho.
The main field of work for the organization includes information and communication, coordination and facilitation, research, advocacy and lobbying, training, technical expertise, resource mobilization and defence of media practitioners in the country.
MISA Lesotho monitors and reports on violations of media freedom and, where necessary, provides practical support to journalists who fall victim to such violations (e.g. legal support) This chapter contributes to MISA’s overall state of media freedom publication, So This Is Democracy?. For more in-depth analysis on the media in Lesotho, it needs to be mentioned that the chapter conducts the African Media Barometer (AMB) survey and an overview of the media landscape is provided in the report.