* Intended to comply with Lesotho's international commitments; is consistent with international best practices; and reflect Lesotho's political structure, socio-economic conditions and cultural values;
* protect the rights of all citizens to seek, receive and impart information or ideas;
* develop stronger constitutional and legal safeguards governing the media sector, while eliminating provisions that unnecessarily restrict media freedom;
* separate the Government's policy/regulatory, content and market-participant roles in the media sector;
* promote the growth of a vibrant and diverse private media sector;
* ensure that the media has a right of access to public information, subject only to necessary restrictions to protect national security and confidentiality;
* ensure that any Government restrictions on the media are imposed pursuant to law, serve a compelling purpose and are no broader than necessary; and
* promote the use of co-regulation and self-regulation to ensure media fairness, control unlawful content and foster ethical conduct by media practitioners.
Increased access to information on diverse platforms thanks to the internet and a growing market. This results in more visibility for locally produced content in the form of music, films, talent searches, independent print publications, including poetry anthologies and comic books. Web-based content is also on the rise with young Basotho who have the access taking full advantage of the internet to promote their content.
|Name of partner||Type of entity|
MISA (Media Institute of Southern Africa) Lesotho
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Media houses around the Country
LENA (Lesotho News Agency)
LCA (Lesotho Communications Authority)