ice’s criminal investigation department soon after completing his morning Rise and Shine radio broadcast on Harvest FM radio.
Thakalekola’s arrest follows his reading on air of a letter which sought to persuade the Commissioner of Police to arrest the Prime Minister of Lesotho, his entire Cabinet and Principal Secretaries and the ruling elite accused of a string of corrupt practices. He had been given the letter by members of the Lesotho Defence Forces.
CID officials took Thakalekola into custody and demanded that he reveal the names of the people who gave him the letter. When MISA Lesotho visited him just after his arrest on 22 June 2007 he refused to disclose his sources “because I am not obliged to reveal my sources as a journalist.”
MISA-Zimbabwe commends and applauds the Regional Chairperson for refusing to be intimidated and sticking to the cardinal rules of the profession by declining to disclose the sources of the contents of the letter.
His professionalism should serve to inspire journalists throughout the southern African region who operate in similarly repressive environments on the need to respect and adhere to the ethics of the profession.
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