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Govts must hold virtual conferences for journalists - MISA Lesotho

The MISA Lesotho Chapter called on governments to hold virtual conferences or provide basic protection like face masks.

FILE: Journalists at a press conference. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) on Wednesday said it was concerned that government continued to hold media conferences in Lesotho without taking coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions.

The MISA Lesotho Chapter called on governments to hold virtual conferences or provide basic protection like face masks.

National director Lekhetho Ntsukunyane said even Lesotho police who were enforcing the country’s national lockdown that began on Monday were not protected.

Many countries on lockdown were resorting to online media conferences and Ntsukunyane said Lesotho should follow suit.

“It is good that information has to be disseminated but we are of the view that there are other ways that information could be disseminated because safety measures are not adhered to,” Ntsukunyane said.

But he said it was not only journalists who were in danger of COVID-19.

“The situation in the country is quite disturbing, you drive around Maseru and you find even law enforcement officers without masks, which has really disturbed MISA Lesotho,” he said.

Meanwhile, panicked Lesotho nationals were demanding to know why the country continued to send tests to South Africa after receiving 20,000 test kits and other medical supplies from Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, but the government remained mum.

The Ministry of Health did not confirm any coronavirus cases in Lesotho, but one person whose results were pending died.

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