Access to information

It is your fundamental human right to ask for, and receive, information held by public organisations and bodies. This right is guaranteed by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and Article 4 of the Declaration of Principles on Freedom of Expression in Africa.

In Lesotho, however, there is no legal right to access of information and it is difficult for the media to obtain official information. This makes it difficult for the media to fulfill its role as a watchdog of the government and other institutions.

MISA Lesotho actively advocates for the implementation of the Receipt and Access to Information Bill, which was drafted in 2000 but has still not progressed through parliament. We also support grassroots organisations in their push for information access and are active in public education on the importance of such legislation.

MISA Lesotho also celebrates Universal Access to Information Day (Right to Know Day) every year on 28th September.

Access to information news from our chapters

Teboho Tsilane: Radio indispendible in Covid era

Teboho Tsilane: Radio indispendible in Covid era

Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen; I have the pleasure and an honour to welcome you on this important occasion which marks the commemoration of the World Radio Day in this country. I presume that you are all aware that the world at large celebrated this day...

Lesotho: Protecting freedom of expression and information in 2020

Lesotho: Protecting freedom of expression and information in 2020

[dropcap1]M[/dropcap1]ISA Lesotho shares its Way Forward recommendations for defending media freedom, freedom of expression and access to information to mark World Press Freedom Day 2020. [highlight1]LAWS AND REGULATIONS[/highlight1] Create a conducive media policy...

MISA Lesotho tests Quthing Community Radio Station

The Media Institute of Southern Africa Lesotho (MISA Lesotho) chapter has on the 20th December, 2017 successfully tested Quthing Community Radio station (QCR) as a move to kick start licensing process. “I was almost losing hope that it will happen,” so said the...

Moratorium on issuance of broadcast license suspended

Moratorium on issuance of broadcast license suspended

Following a two year long MISA Lesotho’s advocacy, the five months old coalition government of Lesotho has suspended a moratorium on issuance of broadcast licenses. The suspension that paves a way for establishment of three community radio stations by MISA Lesotho...