Lesotho: Rights group slams Lesotho for journalist's arrest

Maseru, Lesotho (PANA) - Human rights organisation Amnesty International has lashed out at the Lesotho authorities for arresting the owner of a radio station in the southern Africa country and called for his immediate and unconditional release.

In a statement posted on its website on Saturday in response to the arrest of the owner of MoAfrika FM, Candi Ramainoane, following the closure of the station earlier this week, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southern Africa, Muleya Mwananyanda said: “The closure of MoAfrika FM and the arrest (Friday) of the station owner, Candi Ramainoane, is nothing more than a witch-hunt aimed at harassing and intimidating the country’s press."

The human rights watchdog said the defamation charge against him is spurious and cynical and is meant to send a chilling message to other media owners and journalists of the consequences they face for scrutinising the government.

“Candi Ramainoane must be released immediately and unconditionally and be allowed to do his job. MoAfrika FM should also be re-opened immediately,” Mwananyanda said.

Amnesty International said Candi Ramainoane and MoAfrika FM have been targeted for reporting critically about Lesotho’s political affairs.
-0- PANA MA 16Sept2017

16 september 2017 10:40:52

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