Maseru – Lesotho Times journalist Keiso Mohloboli has fled her home country Lesotho to neighbouring South Africa amid fears for her safety, a regional media monitoring agency said on Tuesday.
In a statement, the head of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) in Lesotho, Tsebo Mats’asa, said Mohloboli left Lesotho on Monday.
Her departure followed the shooting of the newspaper’s editor
His wife, Tsitsi Matope,
The Zimbabwean-born editor was last week Friday transferred to a South African hospital in Bloemfontein as fears about his safety mounted.
Mohloboli was supported by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in fleeing the southern African country.
The statement said that she was forced to leave Lesotho following an open letter by non-managerial staffers from Africa Media Holdings (AMH), the publishers of the Lesotho Times and the Sunday Express papers, in which they expressed concern that their “security as watchdogs of this democratic state is under threat”.
The letter was addressed to Lesotho’s Minister of Communications, Khotso Letsatsi.