Advocates campaigning against criminal defamation, insult, false news and sedition laws across the African continent are celebrating the Lesotho Constitutional Court’s decision declaring criminal defamation unconstitutional.
Ts’enolo FM (104.6MHZ) and People’s Choice FM (95.6 MHZ) were cut off in Lesotho for allegedly airing defamatory content about Prime Minister Bethuel Mosisili and Deputy Prime Minister Mothejoa Metsing.
Editor shot just a week after Lesotho Times publisher Basildon Peta charged with defamation over column about Lesotho Defense Force commander.
Lesotho Alert 10 April 2012 State media crew barred from opposition All Basotho Convention rally A crew from the Lesotho National Broadcasting Service (LNBS) was, on Monday 9 April 2012, barred from covering the opposition party All Basotho Convention¹s (ABC) rally in Qacha¹s Nek, nearly 150km from the capital, Maseru. LNBS senior television producer ŒMapitso […]
According to a letter from her lawyer, Justice ‘Maseforo Mahase has claimed that a programme aired by the station contained defamatory remarks against her.
One of the stations’ managers said a government official had told her station to “mend its ways” or face being shut down.
Assistant Police Commisioner Thakane Theko has accused journalist Relebohile Moyeye and the radio station of defaming her by alleging that she was involved in fraudulent activities.
Reporter Caswell Tlali was threatened while seeking comment on a criminal case involving a close family member of the opposition leader.
The cabinet’s actions represent another delay in 13 years of efforts to reform the outmoded legal framework governing journalism and broadcasting.
Reporter Mapamela Khanyela suffered minor injuries when police opened fire on protesting students at the National University of Lesotho.
The Public Meetings and Processions Bill seeks to prohibit the holding of public meetings without prior approval from the authorities.
Journalist ‘Marafaele Mohloboli said she does not know who might be behind a threatening note sent to her home.
(MISA/IFEX) – On 22 October 2008 the High Court of Lesotho sentenced broadcast journalist Thabo Thakalekoala to two years in prison for sedition or alternatively a fine of M200 (US$18). Thakalekoala was charged with sedition after he read a letter on air which called for the arrest of Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and his […]
(MISA/IFEX) – On 22 October 2008, Harvest FM hit the airwaves again after three months of suspension by the broadcasting regulator. Station manager Malichaba Lekhoaba appeared on the morning “Rise and Shine programme” to give a background on the recent run-in the radio station had with the broadcasting regulator. Harvest FM’s broadcasting license was suspended […]