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Quthing community’s lively celebration of Press Freedom Day

On the 7th of May through rains and cold weather MISA Lesotho together with Quthing community commemorated  World Press Freedom Day to mobilise the community to qualify for application for a community radio as per Communication Act 2012 (as amended).

Quthing community gathered in its multicultural and linguistic nature of Xhosa, Phuti, Ndebele and Basotho.

The occasion was entertained by one of most promising local artist born from the district, Stlofa and it was graced by the District Administrator Seiso Moshoeshoe, Member of the parliament for Moyeni constituency, Honourable Mahooana Khati, Chairperson of the District Council  Machabe Machabe and chief Motsarapane Nkuebe.

Challenged buy Quthing Community Radio Station Steering Committee’s Chairperson Ms Anna Shale, the parliamentarian  Hounarable Khati pledged M5000.00 in contribution to construction of the studios’ and in the same occasion he paid M500.00 upfront  and by the end of the occasion a total of M980.00 was collected. The community needs M32000.00 for the whole project.

Details regarding contribution towards the establishment of the radio station can be accessed on  https://www.facebook.com/Mose-ho-seaka-community-radio-station-933690900071761/?fref=ts

Quthing Commmunity Radio Station is established under Access To Information Through Community Radio Station Project by MISA Lesotho supported by Open Society  Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).


Quthing community

Invitation to Press Freedom Day 2016 event at Quthing community

2016 World Press Freedom Day will be celebrated on the 7th May in Quthing district. MISA Lesotho will symbolise the celebration by handing over community radio equipment to the district community as part of the project, Access to information Through Establishment of Community Radio Stations. The project is financially supported by Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa.

MISA Lesotho selected this district to contribute to preservation of its multi-lingual nature and cultural diversity. Quthing district has three main tribes; Baphuthi, Xhosa and Thepu – each of whom speak a different language.

This year’s World Press Freedom Day theme is:

“ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS: THIS IS YOUR RIGHT!”

Every year, the media celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom on 3rd May. They use this day to evaluate press freedom around the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

Over 100 national celebrations take place each year to commemorate this Day. UNESCO leads the worldwide celebration by identifying the global thematic and organising the main event in different parts of world every year.

The international day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a recommendation adopted at the 26th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 1991. This in turn was a response to a call by African journalists who in 1991 produced the landmark Windhoek Declaration (PDF) on media and independence.


launching of Moeling Community Radio Station

MISA Lesotho’s World Press Freedom Day activities 2016

In commemoration of World Press Freedom Day celebrated on 3rd May, MISA Lesotho in partnership with the US embassy and UNESCO have planned the following activities for 2016.

Live stream with US investigative journalist
Date: 3 May 2016
Time: 13:30-15:00
Venue: American Corner, State Library

Journalists are invited to ask questions during a live stream session with Glen Kessler, a seasoned investigative journalist, businessman, and Washington Post fact-checker columnist. The session focuses on issues of journalistic integrity, media sustainability and ensuring media credibility.

World Press Freedom Day celebrations at Quthing community
Date:
7th May 2016
Time: 09:00-13:00
Venue: Quthing Pitso Ground, Upper Moyeni, Quthing

Members of Quthing community and media practitioners are invited to attend World Press Freedom Day celebrations at Quthing district. The event will celebrate the district’s multilingual and cultural diversity and includes traditional songs and dances. MISA Lesotho will hand over of radio station equipment to the community on the day.

Screening of the film, Spotlight
Date:
Thursday, 19th May 2016
Time: 14:00-17:00
Venue: American Corner, State Library

Investigative journalists, journalists and editors are invited to a screening of the US film, Spotlight. The film demonstrates the power of investigative journalism, following journalists investigating massive cover up of child molestation within the Catholic church in the United States.

Investigative awards presentation
Date:
Friday, 27th May 2016
Time: 17:00-20:00
Venue: MISA Lesotho premises, Happy Villa, House 1b

MISA Lesotho members and practising journalists are invited to attend the presentation of the investigative reporting awards. These will be presented to local journalists in the categories radio, TV and print for reports published between November 2015 and May 2016.


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


MISA Lesotho’s message to the media ahead of 2015 elections

MISA Lesotho’s message to the media ahead of 2015 elections

Having followed the unfolding of events after the February 2015 elections in the mountain kingdom, MISA Lesotho held an extraordinary meeting in July to reflect on the state of the media following the political and security events in the country. As an advocacy organisation with a primary interest in promoting media freedom, it is justified that MISA Lesotho would issue a statement that focuses on the sector. Our views in the statement below are informed by our daily monitoring and involvement within the sector.

Since the emergence of turbulences in the Lesotho democratic space, the media in the country has been reporting on, and informing the people of Lesotho, on various issues in and surrounding the situation. This is an acknowledged role of the media and MISA Lesotho in this regard encourages the sector to continue doing its duty with dedication and vigour as it is only when the sector strives to be at the centre of events that people of Lesotho will be in a position to not only make informed decisions, but also work towards attainment of peace and stability in the country.

It is with this in mind that MISA Lesotho appeals to other sectors of the society, especially the Government of Lesotho, to do all that is within its powers to bring about a media friendly environment in Lesotho in order for the sector to do its noble duty effectively.

With regard the media freedom, MISA Lesotho’s assertion is that during this political and security situation, there is freedom despite some media houses not observing media ethics, thereby abusing such freedom. This, however, does not erase worrying information regarding possible arrest of some media practitioners in relation to the alleged mutiny within the ranks of the Lesotho army and reports of journalists fleeing the country over alleged threats by security agents.

What is clear is that the political and security situation is not favourable in Lesotho and this warrants that the media should be professional in the way it conducts its business. We therefore appeal to all media practitioners to always observe and adhere to media ethics. It is only when we exercise high standards of journalism that we can safe Lesotho. We have a role to play and that is to continue providing information without fear or prejudice based on journalistic principles and standards.

MISA Lesotho affirms its commitment to protecting and promoting media freedom in Lesotho.

May God Protect Lesotho and Its Beautiful Nation!

For more information, please contact:

Tsebo Mats’asa, National Director

MISA Lesotho

Tel: + 266 2232 0941

E-mail: misalesotho@gmail.com

MISA Lesotho

 


MISA Lesotho National Director and Managing Director of Moafrika fm

Role of journalists and reporting in times of emergency

Each year, the Media Institute of Southern Africa, Lesotho Chapter (MISA Lesotho) celebrates World Radio day, which was proclaimed by the United Nation’s General Assembly to be celebrated on the 13th February.

As part of the commemoration of the day, MISA Lesotho will take part in a World Radio Day Seminar on the 15th February, 2016 by Lesotho National Commission for UNESCO by making a presentation on “The role of journalists in reporting and disseminating information in times of emergency and disaster”.

The event is set to be graced by members of the media, NGOs and the Minister of Communication, Science and Technology.

Apart from MISA Lesotho, the Disaster Management Authority will give a presentation on “An Overview of the Disaster Management, Capabilities and Challenges in Lesotho”, with Particular Reference to the role of radio and the Red Cross on “Global Experience with the Management of Disasters and Emergencies with Radio.

The Lesotho Communication Authority will also present “The Significance of Free Access to Radio Frequencies during Disasters and Emergencies and Measures that should be put in Place by Spectrum Regulators in Order to Ensure the Protection of Radio Frequencies in Times of Emergency”.

MISA Lesotho also appeared on Lesotho Television’s news bulletin on Friday 12th February, 2016 and participated at a live LTV morning program “Thahameso” on Monday the 15th February, 2016.

Lesotho this year has seen an increase in number of radio stations from 13 to 24. Three are community radio stations while the rest are commercial; all are based in Maseru, except Molisa ea Molemo FM which broadcasts from Berea district.


Better access to information by founding community stations

Better access to information by founding community stations

MISA Lesotho held a one-day governance and management training workshops for the steering committees of the Quthing and Semonkong community radio stations in February 2016.

The workshops are part of a series of capacity building initiatives aimed at empowering the communities of Mokhotlong, Quthing and Semonkong to establish community radio stations.

MISA Lesotho is working with the district administrators of Mokhotlong and Quthing districts, as well as Maseru district administrator through the Semonkong Urban Council.

MISA Lesotho and Open Society Initiative for Africa are working together to establishing community radio stations as a way of giving rural communities access to the information they need to make informed decisions in their day-to-day life.

In the training workshops, the steering committees also reviewed plan of actions they drew up in November and December 2015. They revisited these plans of action in order to establish whether or not they still within the time-frame and mandate set in 2015.

The reviews noted that satisfactory progress has been made by the three steering committees so far. MISA Lesotho is confident that with the pace and dedication of the committee members, the three community radio stations will be on-air by May 2016 in in time for commemoration of World Press Freedom Day.


Call for tender for supply of community radio equipment

MISA Lesotho invites tenders from locally and internationally registered companies for supply and delivery of on-air radio studio equipment for community radio stations to be established at Mokhotlong, Quthing and Semonkong.

Description of equipment for On-Air Radio Studio

  1. Digital mixer, complete with set-up and programming
  2. Telephone hybrid
  3. Studio monitor active speakers
  4. CD/MP3 player
  5. Dynamic mikes
  6. Studio headphones
  7. Table mike stands
  8. Compressor for transmitter signal processing
  9. Professional software
  10. Laptop with Windows and recording software installed
  11. Professional 4-channel USB soundcard
  12. All cabling, wiring and connectors needed to connect this equipment
  13. 300 Watt transmitter (or a suitable transmitter to cover 30-50 km radius)
  14. High-Power Dipole HD100 7/16
  15. 25 meters low-loss 10mm cable (like LMR-400) with 7/16 and N-type connectors

Tenderers may suggest suitable equipment they have on stock for establishment of a community radio station. Please note that we are not specific with the make or model of equipment. All we need is the equipment that takes into account latest technological needs of a broadcasting radio station suitable for a rural community.

Tender notice ends on the Friday 19th February, 2016. Successful tenderers will be notified by email, on Monday 22nd February, 2016.

Inquiries should be sent to the National Director, MISA Lesotho on misalesotho@gmail.com.


MISA Lesotho launches editorial guidelines for reporting on children

MISA Lesotho launches editorial guidelines for reporting on children

In July 2015, MISA Lesotho launched the Editorial Guidelines and Principles on Reporting on Children at the Lehakoe Recreational Center in Maseru.

The launch was attended by the Minister of Communication, Science and Technology, Honorable Khotso Letsatsi, who delivered the keynote address and launched the guidelines.

On welcoming the guests, National Director of MISA Lesotho, Mr. Tsebo Mats’asa told attendees that the Editorial Guideline and Principles for Reporting on Children were developed with the input of children and media professionals and are intended to assist journalists and media practitioners to produce better quality reports on children, with greater understanding and whilst respecting children’s rights.

The guidelines were developed in line with Lesotho’s Child Protection and Welfare Act of 2011, the United National Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Lesotho Constitution.

The guidelines explain how journalists should report on the children in the media. They include an ethical roadmap to assist journalists in the case of an ethical dilemma when reporting on children. They also guide media professionals on how to produce and present images on children. Of great importance is the emphasis placed on ensuring children’s voices and children’s participation in news production through informed consent.

MISA recognised the need for media in Southern Africa to report positively and informatively and with knowledge on children issues and child rights in line with UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Several years ago, MISA partnered with Save the Children International to create opportunities and safe spaces for the production of children’s media, sensitise journalists on child rights, develop codes of ethics for reporting on children’s issues and rights and promote fair, honest and accurate reporting on the experience of childhood

The editorial guidelines form part of MISA’s Children and Media Project funded by Save The Children International and the Swedish International Development cooperation Agency in partnership with Media Monitoring Africa in South Africa and MISA Lesotho.

This media strategy should therefore contribute to and build on the Reporting on Children’s issues and Child Rights project in Southern Africa as well as adding value to the work that MISA Lesotho and Save the Children Sweden are conducting in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

In MISA’s view and based on the organisation’s experience, media produced by children could become a formidable advocacy tool for children’s rights.  Media produced by children can influence the media and public opinion in the following ways:

  • Being in a format that media workers relate to, media produced by children will enable journalists to better understand issues affecting children (as expressed by children themselves).
  • This in turn, when discussed and facilitated by those responsible for advancing children’s rights, should influence media coverage of children and children’s rights issues through the development of codes of ethics, training, media regulation etc.
  • The media produced by children may also provide media with material for dissemination through their own media outlets, thereby raising awareness among mass media audiences of the rights and needs of children.

Furthermore, media produced by children can be used by organisations working with children to lobby decision makers. These lobbying efforts should be complimented by the mass media’s more sensitive and representative coverage of children and children’s issues, brought about by the earlier steps.

This approach could help change the stereotyped way in which the media tends to portray children, the coverage of children’s issues by the media, which is often non-reflective of the real and actual issues confronting children, and, the lack of spaces and opportunities for children to express their own voices through the media. Listening to children’s voices would help to address all the above.

Editors and journalists from both print and electronic media, civil society organisation’s that focus of children’s welfare; members of the United Nation International Children Fund (UNICEF), the Lesotho Counsel of Non-Government Organisation (LCN) and Lesotho Save The Children (LCS) were also present at the launch.

For more information, please contact:

Tsebo Mats’asa, National Director

MISA Lesotho

Tel: + 266 2232 0941

E-mail: misalesotho@gmail.com

MISA Lesotho


Media must be free to report on political and security situation in Lesotho

MISA Lesotho, having followed the unfolding of political developments in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho since elections, had an extraordinary meeting on July 5, 2015 to, among others reflect on the state of the media within the current political and security situation in the country.

As an advocacy organisation with a primary interest to promote media freedom, it is warranting that this statement focuses on the sector. Our views are informed by our daily monitoring and involvement within the sector.

Since the emergence of turbulences in the Lesotho democratic space, the media in the country has been reporting on and informing the people of Lesotho on various issues in and surrounding the situation. This is an acknowledged role of the media and MISA Lesotho in this regard encourages the sector to continue doing its duty with dedication and vigour as it is only when the sector strives to be at the centre of events that people of Lesotho will be in a position to not only make informed decisions, but also work towards attainment of peace and stability in the country.

It is with this in mind that MISA Lesotho appeals to other sectors of the society, especially the Government of Lesotho, to do all that is within its powers to bring about a media friendly environment in Lesotho in order for the sector to do its noble duty effectively.

With regard the media freedom, MISA Lesotho’s assertion is that during this political and security situation there is freedom despite some media houses not observing media ethics thereby abusing such freedom. This however, does not erase worrying information regarding possible arrest of some media practitioners in relation to the alleged mutiny within the ranks of the Lesotho army and reports of journalists fleeing the country over alleged threats by security agents.

What is clear is that the political and security situation is not favourable in Lesotho and this warrants that the media should be professional in the way it conducts its business. We therefore appeal to all media practitioners to always observe and adhere to media ethics. It is only when we exercise high standards of journalism that we can safe Lesotho. We have a role to play and that is to continue providing information without fear or prejudice based on journalistic principles and standards.

MISA Lesotho affirms its commitment to protecting and promoting media freedom in Lesotho.

May God Protect Lesotho and Its Beautiful Nation!

Enquiries:

Tsebo Mats’asa
National Director
MISA Lesotho
Email: misalesotho@gmail.com
Tel: 22320941
MISA Regional Secretariat
Tel: +264 61 232975
Fax: +264 61 248016
Email: info@misa.org
http://www.misa.org
http://www.africanplatform.org



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