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Lesotho: Way forward in 2018

Celebrating World Press Freedom Day 2018

MISA Lesotho is sharing its recommendations for improving media freedom and freedom of expression in Lesotho in commemoration of World Press Freedom Day 2018. You can also download a PDF copy to print and share.


LAWS AND REGULATIONS

Participate in the development of legal reforms recommended by SADC

In 2015, the Southern Africa Development Community recommended large-scale reforms in Lesotho, including the constitution and information and media law. Lesotho’s media sector and civil society, as well as international donors, should play an active role in informing the development of new laws that may impact the media, freedom of expression or access to information. They should also lobby for a legal framework governing the media in line with international standards.

Push for the interim broadcasting code to be turned into a permanent law

Government should enact the interim broadcasting code. This, among other things, mandates independent mechanisms for dispute resolution and requires editors to have a relevant journalistic background.

Establish a self-regulating press council

Media organisations should cooperate to establish a self-regulating media body for both broadcast, print and online media based on best-practice examples in the region. Lesotho’s broadcasting sector is currently regulated by the Communications Act, whereas print and online media have no regulatory body.


COOPERATION

Unite media houses to protect freedom of expression and media freedom

Media managers in Lesotho need to come together and collectively engage and lobby government on common issues regarding freedom of expression and the safety of journalists.


CAPACITY BUILDING

Develop the media’s lobbying and advocacy skills

Media development organisations should help media managers acquire negotiating and advocacy skills in order to engage with the government.


MEDIA PROFESSIONALISATION

Provide training and mentoring for journalists

Media organisations in Lesotho frequently employ untrained journalists and fail to provide them with on-the-job training or guidance. This lack of journalism skills leads to poor quality reporting that fails to meet basic professional standards. Media outlets need to support and guide their journalists. Media development organisations should consider developing longer-term projects that incorporate on-the-job mentoring.


And you can also take a look at the Way Forward 2018 recommendations for MISA Malawi, MISA Zimbabwe and MISA Zambia


Local government election reporting workshop 2017

To contribute to transparent, accountable and credible holding of local government elections as tenants of peace and stability, MISA Lesotho trained 42 journalists to cover local government elections held in Lesotho on 30th September, 2017.

The training was held immediately before the elections.

The content was guided by the local government act and the media code along with relevant, media/related issues in electoral reporting. The training content was designed to help journalists appreciate the importance of effective reporting about the local government system beyond local government elections.

It was generally agreed that the media need go beyond reporting to education that influences people’s attitudes and behaviour on various life issues.

At the end of the training, participants were empowered to report on the electoral process in a manner that add value and credibility to the elections results thereby contributing to maintenance of peace in Lesotho.

Specific objectives

The following are three objectives that this project was designed to achieve;

  • Build the capacity of journalists on reporting local government elections
  • Contribute to transparent, accountable and credible holding of local government elections as tenants of peace and stability that elections should bring about
  • Ensure quality reportage of local government elections to promote the electorate’s confidence in the results

Expected results

The expected results of this project were:

  1. The training of 40 journalists representing print and electronic media in Lesotho
  2. A two-day residential training
  3. A wide media coverage of September 30 local government election in Lesotho

Investigative journalism training, 20 Jan 2017

Investigative journalism training, 20 Jan 2017

MISA Lesotho will hold a training workshop on investigative journalism with amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism. The workshop will be held on Friday the 20th January 2017, from 0900hrs-1600hrs at MISA Lesotho premises, Happy Villa, House 1b, Maseru.

The training will be facilitated by investigator Craig McKune from amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism in Johannesburg. The training will mainly focus on the importance of open-source information, how to snoop online, how to identify and handle human sources and how to interrogate investigative targets.

The participants of this training are journalists from both print and broadcast media, government and private and independent journalists in Lesotho.

With this training, MISA Lesotho is living up to supporting greater professionalism in the media industry by building capacity through training, workshops, seminars, research and information resources and other educational platforms

For further information, please contact

Matselane Mosoaboli

Information and Communication Officer

MISA Lesotho


Internet security workshop

Internet security for journalists workshop, 17 Nov 2016

The Internet is important for a huge variety of reason, and it affects and facilitates nearly every aspect of modern life. The Internet is extremely important in many fields, from education, health care, business, media and government. All most everything is now available over the Internet in this age of advancement of technologies.

It is a general practice nowadays for a person to look for a particular solution over the Internet and be satisfied with appropriate solutions. While the Internet has revolutionised communications, its conveniences and uses come at the price of new perils. Therefore, it is essential for consumers to protect their personal and business information. High profile attacks allow hackers to damage reputations and causing havoc for victims.

Therefore MISA Lesotho cordially invites you to a one day Internet Security Workshop on the 17th November, 2016 from 0900hrs to 1700hrs at MISA Lesotho premises, Happy Villa House 1B.

Space is limited to twenty people only. Therefore, expression of interest should be through telephone (+266 2232 0941) or email (misalesotho@gmail.com) by end of business tomorrow.

Best regards,
Tsebo Mats’asa
National Director


Review of 2015 election reporting and peace building project

Review of 2015 election reporting and peace building project

In September 2015, MISA Lesotho held a workshop to review the progress and impact of its Media Peace Building and Conflict Reporting Now project. In addition to reviewing progress, the meeting, which was funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), analysed the impact made through the intervention and discussed potential issues for follow-up.

The one-day meeting was held at Lehakoe Recreation and Cultural Centre and drew 40 participants from both private and public media.

During the review process, attendees at the meeting agreed that media reporting during the 2015 elections was of a high ethical standard. The quality of reporting was also aided by MISA’s strong coordination, as it had deployed 30 trained journalists throughout the country. The election reports were carried live and simultaneously on nine radio stations throughout the country.

However, following the elections it appears that there has been regression in reporting quality. This is attributed to the fact that those journalists who were reporting on the 2015 elections are not currently responsible for political reporting in their respective media houses. It has become clear that the scope of the training would have to be extended to include more journalists and also ensure that MISA Lesotho is enabled to continue its coordination efforts.

The Media Peace Building and Conflict Reporting Now project jointly funded by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the UNDP in Lesotho, was a five-month intervention strategy to prepare journalists to report more effectively during the February 2015 elections. The project ended in June 2015.

Other exciting capacity building initiatives took place during the year including a five-day training workshop on investigative journalism in October.

The UNDP has also indicated its further support for more interventions to improve post-election capacity building of Basotho journalists.

For more information, please contact:

Tsebo Mats’asa, National Director

MISA Lesotho

Tel: + 266 2232 0941

E-mail: misalesotho@gmail.com

MISA Lesotho


launching of Moeling Community Radio Station

MISA Lesotho launches Moeling FM community radio station

Media Institute of Southern Africa Lesotho chapter (MISA Lesotho) has marked the commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day with the launch of Butha-Buthe Community Radio; Moeling FM in the Butha-Buthe district in the north of the country.

The radio station is the country’s fourth community radio after Motjoli FM (Thaba-Tseka Community Radio), Mafeteng Community Radio and DOPE FM of the National University of Lesotho.

The event was graced with the presence and speeches by the newly appointed Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Khotso Letsatsi; Lesotho Communications Authority Chief Executive Office, Manehela Phosholi; Head of Media and Research of the Institute of Extra Mural Studies, Mabela Khabele; Butha-Buthe District Administrator, Lehlohonolo Qhasho, Moeling FM inventor, Taoana Lerole and MISA Lesotho National Director, Tsebo Mats’asa.

Moeling FM is a brainchild of Taoana Lerole, a radio set repairer in Mabothile, a village on the outskirts of Butha-Buthe town.

Lerole, who only completed Standard 6, put together pieces of radio sets together to build a radio station in 2012.

The radio was taken off air the same year as it was operating without a license. (It is illegal for anyone to operate a radio station in Lesotho without registering it with the Lesotho Communications Authority.)

The radio station also did not have standard equipment and was operated from Lerole’s family home with the antenna mounted on a tree at a backyard of house. The transmitter was made of a DVD player.

In effort to assist Lerole to achieve his dream of his home town having a radio station, the UNESCO Commission in Lesotho advanced a helping hand with funds.

The UNESCO Commission can not assist individuals; therefore the community of Butha-Buthe was advised to support and join Lerole’s project through their indigenous groups to secure funding.

UNESCO thereafter approached MISA Lesotho to oversee the project and help with the design and construction of the radio studio.

The station is now located in the staff residential house of the office of the district administrator, which had been empty for a year before the station moved in.

As well as providing technical and project management support for the establishment of the studio, MISA Lesotho also provided governance training to Moeling FM’s new Board Members on how to run a community radio station.

MISA Lesotho also provided training to the newly appointed radio presenters. The purpose of the training was to equip the volunteers with skills to professionally produce programmes of good quality.

During the celebration, Lerole was also awarded a certificate and trophy in recognition of his innovation.

For more information, please contact:

Tsebo Mats’asa, National Director