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‘Black Friday for Journalism’ in Swaziland: ‘Explosive’ and ‘hostile’ judge sends Swazi editor and lawyer to jail for 2 years, reports local media
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‘Black Friday for Journalism’ in Swaziland: ‘Explosive’ and ‘hostile’ judge sends Swazi editor and lawyer to jail for 2 years, reports local media

MISA-Swaziland | Alert July 26 2014 “An explosive and hostile Judge Mpendulo Simelane sentenced The Nation magazine editor Bheki Makhubu and columnist and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko to two years imprisonment without an option of a fine yesterday, sending shock waves to media practitioners locally and internationally,” reports today’s edition of weekly newspaper Observer … Continue reading

‘Political’ magazine banned from Swazi prison
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‘Political’ magazine banned from Swazi prison

MISA-Swaziland | Alert July 21 2014 Members of banned political organisations in Swaziland said prison guards didn’t let them take a copy of newsmagazine The Nation into one of the kingdom’s prisons, according to local news reports. “The incident occurred at the Zakhele Remand Centre on Friday (July 18) morning when certain members of the … Continue reading

Conviction of Swazi journalist and lawyer a ‘travesty of justice’ – MISA
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Conviction of Swazi journalist and lawyer a ‘travesty of justice’ – MISA

MISA-Regional | Statement July 18 2014 WINDHOEK NAMIBIA – The Regional Governing Council (RGC) of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) have labeled the conviction of prominent human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and The Nation magazine editor Bheki Makhubu on contempt of court charges a travesty of justice. MISA APPALLED MISA-Swaziland Director Vuyisile Hlatshwayo condemned the conviction. … Continue reading

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Trial of jailed Swazi editor and lawyer comes to an end – no date set for ruling

MISA-Swaziland | Alert July 4 2014 “The marathon trial of The Nation magazine editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko ended yesterday, nearly 115 days after their first arrest,” reported the Times of Swaziland. Makhubu and Maseko have been in jail for 106 days as the trial played out. Both men were charged … Continue reading

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Judiciary not independent in Swaziland, chief justice should be in the dock – say lawyers for jailed writers

MISA-Swaziland | Alert July 3 2014 Yesterday in Swaziland’s high court lawyers for jailed writers “declared that the country’s judiciary is not independent and lacks authority”, reported the Swazi Observer. The lawyers for journalist Bheki Makhubu and columnist Thulani Maseko — who have been detained for over 100 days as their high profile case plays out … Continue reading

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Freedom House Press Release: U.S. Responds to Swaziland’s Lack of Protection for Human Rights

MISA-Swaziland | e-Forum June 30 2014 MISA-Swaziland’s e-Forum posts stories and statements from civil society groups and NGOs in promotion of media freedom, diversity, pluralism, and access to information. The e-Forum also, in promotion of open public debate, encourages individuals and groups to reply and respond to stories or statements that appear on the Forum. Freedom House — Press … Continue reading

SBCCN Press Release: Can you help save the life of a promising young Swazi woman with breast cancer?
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SBCCN Press Release: Can you help save the life of a promising young Swazi woman with breast cancer?

MISA-Swaziland | e-Forum June 30 2014 MISA-Swaziland’s e-Forum posts stories and statements from civil society groups and NGOs in promotion of media freedom, diversity, pluralism, and access to information. The e-Forum also encourages individuals and groups to reply and respond to stories or statements that appear on the Forum. Swaziland Breast and Cervical Cancer Network – Press Release  … Continue reading