Lesotho scribes living in fear
This follows the shooting of their colleague in a tragic incident linked to his investigation on alleged police corruption.
Unknown gunmen recently shot Lloyd Mutungamiri, the Lesotho Times/Sunday Express Editor upon arrival to his home at Ha Thamae, in Maseru.
He is recovering in a hospital in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
Elizabeth Trudeau, United States Department of Director, Office of Press Relations, said her country was deeply concerned about increasing pressure on the media in the Southern African country.
“Freedom of expression is a constitutional right in Lesotho and journalists must be able to do their critically important jobs without fear of intimidation, harassment, and violence,” she said.
Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Southern Africa, said Mutungamiri’s shooting left journalists in the Lesotho Times fearing for their lives.
He said the authorities have failed to implement effective protection measures to ensure they can continue carrying out their job in a safe environment.
– CAJ News
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