The MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism PTY was founded in March 2016, and envisions to be a leading investigative journalism organisation in promoting accountability, transparency, exposing corruption and wrongdoing, protection of human rights, promoting good governance, promoting an open and democratic society in the Kingdom of Lesotho and be counted among the best in the Sub-Saharan region.
Mission and Objectives
The primary mission of improving the quality of investigative journalism and in depth news reporting in the country. The Centre mission is also to transform the country’s media to be an agenda setter and a bulwark of the country’s nascent democracy.
The Centre also exists to promote Investigative journalism through skills development, transfer and mentorship thereby contributing towards fostering a robust fourth estate that builds political, social and economic accountability and transparency in the Kingdom of Lesotho.
Once again our goal as the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism PTY is to nurture a future generation of Investigative journalists in Lesotho for a future robust media fraternity in the country. We are going to be in the daily business of investigating cases of corruption in Lesotho and ensure those in authority are held accountable and there is transparency and good governance through exposing wrongdoing and corruption.
- We shall uphold international accepted journalistic standards and ethics.
- In pursuance of our work on a daily bases we shall gather factual and report unquestionable truths at all times in our published work.
- We shall promote democratic principles through investigative stories that promote accountability and transparency, expose corruption, abuse of state resources and wrong doing, we shall also publish stories that promote the protection of human rights, good governance, open and democratic society.
- We shall not be biased in our reporting of stories. We shall reflect and publish stories and pictures that reflect all sides of a story without biases. We shall ensure that our organisation does not disseminate propaganda and or be polarised in its reporting on political matters.
- We shall give all people, subjects and authorities that our stories cast in a bad light, affecting or affected by our stories ample time and space to give their side of the story before we publish.
- We shall also afford the marginalised groups that include women, children, LGBTI community and the disabled persons a right to fair representation in our reporting.
- We guarantee our sources anonymity and confidentiality.
Our Governance Structure
We are governed by a Board of Directors consisting of:
- Advocate Monahaneg Rasekoai Phoofolo and Associates Inc. Lawyer (Chairperson)
- Pascalinah Kabi a Lesotho Times and Sunday Express Journalists and Media Activist
- Ntsiuoa Tshephe a Chartered Accountant
- Billy Ntaote Journalist (founding members representative)
- Sechaba Mokhethi Ex Officio Member MNNCIJ Managing Director