US: US govt concerned over escalating press intimidation in Lesotho

New York, US (PANA) - The US government on Saturday said it is deeply concerned about increasing pressure on the media in Lesotho, particularly noting the 9 July shooting of Lesotho Times/Sunday Express Editor, Mr. Lloyd Mutungamiri.

A US State Department press statement, made available to PANA in New York, said that journalists in Lesotho have expressed concern for their safety in the current climate of harassment and intimidation.

The American government, however, welcomed the statement by Lesotho's Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, condemning the shooting, and encouraged the government to investigate it fully and hold those responsible to account.

It stated: "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."
-0- PANA AA/VAO 16July2016

16 july 2016 16:31:50

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