Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Snapshots: Lesotho
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||February 2008|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2007 - Snapshots: Lesotho, February 2008, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47c5678920.html [accessed 24 April 2014]|
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Adam Lekhoaba, editor-in-chief of the private radio station Harvest FM, was deported to South Africa in February, after the government accused the station of inciting violence during that month's general elections. Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili later altered the charge to failure to renew a broadcast license. The station was closed for two days while final election results were announced.
In June, Harvest FM reporter and presenter Thabo Thakalekoala was arrested and charged with treason after he read on the air a letter allegedly written by members of the Lesotho national army that was critical of the prime minister and several government officials. That same month, the government cancelled its advertising on Harvest FM and in the private weekly Public Eye after the minister of information accused the two outlets of being aligned with an opposition party.