The United States Ambassador to Lesotho Rebecca Gonzales says freedom and expression and freedom of information is enshrined as a basic human right in the African Charter of Human and people’s rights. Gonzela said this giving out her remarks at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) Journalism Program stakeholder meeting at the State Library, American Corner, Maseru today.
“by fostering a free press, citizens are more informed, active and engaged in political decision-making and can better hold their governments accountable and enhance our shared principle of a functional, democratic society”, she said.
She showed therefore, that it is important for every country to have journalists.
Meanwhile the Vice Chancellor of NUL Professor Nqosa Mahao said media can work as development tool especially in the developing country. He uttered, on the other hand that it can also be double edged sword nonetheless,
“It is important when it is properly used empowered and focused in the right ways because in the liberal society there nothing that transmits information to the citizens more than the media”, he imposed.
Through more than 750, 000 maloti, the embassy will equip this program with a state-of-the art media resource lab to ensure that journalism students at NUL have the practical training needed to succeed in today’s media environment.