“Today’s workshop is held under a backdrop of a delicate and fragile political and security situation in Lesotho”, so said Monehela Posholi, the Chief Executive of the Lesotho Communications Authority (LCA) when officially opening a one day workshop on compliance and broadcasting in Maseru this morning.
Posholi argued that the above political and security situation also spilled-over into the broadcasting sub-sector.
“During the months of turmoil, it was not uncommon to hear certain political views expressed exclusively at a certain radio station or stations”, he said adding that they had reports that some radio stations were not observing their licence obligations and perceived to be in pursuit of certain political agenda.
Posholi said the state of affairs was not only worrying to the LCA as a regulator responsible for broadcasting but to the nation at large.
The workshop has brought together radio station managers, programmes producers, editors and current affairs anchors from eight out of thirteen licensed radio stations in Lesotho. It is the second workshop following the one held on the 7th October, 2014 and today’s workshop was held as recommended in the previous one.
“As we noted in the first workshop, it is incumbent upon broadcasters to contribute positively towards the promotion of human security, political and socio-economic growth and development.
“Where there are divisions and conflicts in some sectors of the society, the media should play a meaningful role of uniting warring factions.” Posholi said.
He further appealed to the broadcasters to be exemplary by upholding the highest standards of reporting that is balanced, factual and credible.
“The media should avoid being used to pursue sectarian goals…Media should strive for objectivity… It should afford the people of Lesotho their rights to freedom of expression while at the same time ensuring that during the exercise of such rights, the rights of others are not infringed upon”. He said.
Todays’ workshop took the participants through their licensing obligations, media ethic, radio programming and reporting elections.
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