10 March 2017
Ts’enolo FM, a private radio station in Lesotho, had its political programs radio presenter, Rets’epile Maloi, brought in for questioning by a panel of four officers from Lesotho Mounted Police Service right after his morning program yesterday on the 9th March 2017. The questioning that took more than 2 hours was convened, according to the explanation given to him by the police, to discuss concerns arising from the conduct of his program, Fika Le Mohala, that airs on weekdays from 6am to 10am.
The concerns among other things included a segment on his program where guests with different political standpoints are called in simultaneously to debate burning issues. This according to the police may spark violence in the general public over the arguments of the guests.
Police also pointed out that the listeners of Fika Le Mohala abuse the Speech Withdrawal principle by phoning in and deliberately uttering unpleasant words and later being told to withdraw yet the message has been send across.
The police warned Mr Maloi that this should be the last time he is called in to talk about the content and conduct of his program.