Lesotho Media Policy Draft 2009

Ministry of Communications
Ministry of Law and Constitutional Affairs
Ministry of Development Planning
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

* 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.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

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.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 


Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
MISA (Media Institute of Southern Africa) Lesotho
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Media houses around the Country
Private Sector
LENA (Lesotho News Agency)
Public Sector
LCA (Lesotho Communications Authority)
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Cultural Domain(s)
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