The decision was reached during the just ended Freedom of Expression Festival held in Maseru beginning December 3 to 4 under the auspices of The African Editors Forum (TAEF).
The Freedom of Expression Festival 2019 was TAEF’s inaugural event of this nature and thrashed out, among others, overview of Freedom of Expression in Africa, the role of media in the advent of ICTs and the 4th Industrial Revolution as well as overview of the reform agenda in Lesotho and the role of the media in transforming her into a country the Basotho want.
Meeting on the side-lines of the Festival, in discussing the future of the regional organisations, SAEF management resolved to help resuscitate the Lesotho Editors Forum to include both public and private editors so that they can champion the reform process, especially the drawing up of media laws that will provide for an equitable access to information to all Basotho and those residing in Lesotho.
“We envisage an inclusive forum that will also champion the amendment or repeal of all archaic media laws that impinge on freedom of expression. This will ensure that new media laws are responsive to the professional needs of media practitioners in Lesotho, SAEF secretary general Joseph Ailonga said in statement.