MISA training journalists on election coverage

The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland (MISA-Swaziland), an NGO that promotes freedom of speech, is working with human rights organisation COSPE to train journalists on election coverage in the lead up to national vote, scheduled for August 2013. The training will encourage the participating journalists to seek out the human stories and to report these stories accuratelyContinue reading “MISA training journalists on election coverage”

So This Is Democracy? Swaziland’s media in 2012

MISA-Swaziland’s Annual Statement on the Media Written in February 2013 INTRODUCTION The more things change, the more they stay the same. This proverb aptly describes the unchanged media environment in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Nothing has changed in the seven years since the adoption of a new Constitution in 2005. Section 24 of the ConstitutionContinue reading “So This Is Democracy? Swaziland’s media in 2012”

Journalists march for media freedom

MISA-Swaziland Alert 6 May 2013  On a sunny May 3, World Press Freedom Day, journalists and civil society members marched through the streets of Swaziland’s capital, Mbabane, and delivered a petition to the Minister of Information, Communication, and Technology and Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. The marchers were calling for media freedom. About 40Continue reading “Journalists march for media freedom”

US Embassy supports MISA-Swaziland’s press freedom event

Statement of Support – U.S. Embassy Swaziland MISA World Press Freedom Day Event May 3, 2013 As the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day, the government of the United States of America adds its voice to those who honor the work of journalists in Swaziland.  World Press Freedom Day is not only a day thatContinue reading “US Embassy supports MISA-Swaziland’s press freedom event”

‘Newspaper editor threatened with jail amid media crackdown’ — Amnesty International

Amnesty International Statement 19 April 2013 A hefty fine imposed against a newspaper editor convicted of contempt in Swaziland and the authorities’ threat to imprison him are further proof of the southern African kingdom’s increasingly aggressive crackdown on independent media and freedom of expression, Amnesty International said. The Swaziland High Court on Wednesday convicted BhekiContinue reading “‘Newspaper editor threatened with jail amid media crackdown’ — Amnesty International”

Statement on World Press Freedom Day: Swaziland Editors Forum

Statement issued by Swaziland Editors Forum 3 May 2013 Swaziland today joins the international community in commemorating World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) The theme: “Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in All Media”, immediately reminds us of the trial of our colleague Bheki Makhubu, Editor of the Nation Magazine who the High Court convictedContinue reading “Statement on World Press Freedom Day: Swaziland Editors Forum”

Statement on World Press Freedom Day: MISA Head Office

Media Institute of Southern Africa, Regional Office, Namibia Statement, 3 May 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is deeply concerned about the rate at which media freedom and freedom of expression violations are occurring within the southern African region. We are particularly concerned that some of these violations have resulted in the death of journalists and others have resulted in severe body and psychologicalContinue reading “Statement on World Press Freedom Day: MISA Head Office”