n Journal of African Elections - The media and electoral politics in Lesotho between 1993 and 2007




It has become commonplace to lambaste the media for its failure to play a positive role in the cause of nation-building and democratisation and (Southern) Africa is no exception to this trend. Little effort, if any, however, has gone into examining the reasons for the stance taken by the media. Nor has any effort - save for various attempts to bribe, cajole, persecute or suppress - gone into mapping the role of the media in Lesotho's electoral politics since the reversion to competitive multiparty constitutionalism. This paper is a preliminary attempt to fill this vacuum.


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