12th February, 2017
For immediate release
MISA Lesotho boycott of World Radio Day in solidarity to the closed radio stations.
The Media Institute of Southern Africa Lesotho Chapter (MISA Lesotho) boycotts World Radio Day commemoration planned to take place on Monday, 13th February, 2017. This decision is taken in solidarity to Ts’enolo FM (104.6MHZ) and People’s Choice FM (95.6 MHZ) which were cut-off air on Thursday, 09th February, 2017 by the government of Lesotho.
The decision is taken following Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology failure to execute the Lesotho Court’s order to re-connect the People’s Choice FM to Lesotho National Broadcasting Service’s (LNBS) with immediate effect on Saturday 11th February, 2017 and perfidy to promise MISA Lesotho that the radio stations would be back on air by Friday, 10th February, 2017.
MISA Lesotho supports commemoration of World Radio Day, however, our firm belief is that the commemoration should be done along a sound demonstration of the day’s aspiration as set out by UNESCO which the government of Lesotho is a party to.
We take the government of Lesotho’s decision to defy the Court order to re-connect People’s Choice FM to LNBS antennas as a clear indication of the government intention to suppress freedom of the media and undermining of the rule of law in Lesotho.
For more queries contact us on:
22 320 941 (working hours only).
MISA Lesotho, P.O. Box 14130 Maseru 100, Plot 1B Happy Villa, Maseru. Tel/fax:+266 22 320 941
Chairperson: Malakeng Hloma, Secretary General: Boitumelo Koloi, Deputy: ‘Mapitso Ts’iu, Treasurer: Lineo Uamussi, Members; Mothae Moletsane, Ts’episo Mncina