The South African National Editors Forum is concerned over the safety of journalists in Lesotho.
The SANEF stated that the safety of journalists working in the mountain kingdom was under threat due to the deteriorating security situation. “Sanef wishes to offer its support to SABC Correspondent in Lesotho, Nthakoana Ngatane who had to flee the country following numerous death threats on her life. This is the latest in a string of incidences of violence and intimidation against journalists in the landlocked country”, the statement said.
The Sanef has called on the government to ensure that all journalists, reporters and correspondents in Lesotho are kept safe so that they can work on their craft effectively. The concerns on the safety of journalists came about after Prime Minister Tom Thabane’s administration reportedly shut down privately owned radio station was seen as being anti-government.
Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, Joang Molapo said the time that the government had no interest in censoring the media, but it was going to take action if the country’s security was threatened as well.
More solutions are still to come after journalists had been forced to leave the country due to life threats. They will find ways to ensure that they are safety while corresponding with their own stations in other countries.