MISA listens to students, trains journalists

Are young people included in the Swazi media? How does the media depict children, students, teenagers? Are young people merely spoken about? or are their voices properly captured by reporters? What do young people think of the media in Swaziland? These are some of the questions posed during a recent project undertaken by Swaziland’s Media Institute ofContinue reading “MISA listens to students, trains journalists”

Human Rights versus Animal Welfare

“Essentially all laws that hamper the enjoyment of fundamental rights as enshrined in the Constitution should be abolished or amended to comply with the supreme law of the land.” Phakama Shili, advocacy officer at Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), writes a weekly column for daily newspaper Swazi Observer. The column, ‘Constitutionally Speaking’, considers human rights andContinue reading “Human Rights versus Animal Welfare”

Times of Swaziland column supports change to Suppression of Terrorism Act

MISA-Swaziland Alert 25 June 2013 An anonymous column in Swaziland’s only privately owned newspaper, Times of Swaziland, has supported the move by the government to amend the controversial Suppression of Terrorism Act. The column, ‘MR REF’, is a daily feature of Times of Swaziland’s comment and letters page. Each day MR REF considers three topical issues and willContinue reading “Times of Swaziland column supports change to Suppression of Terrorism Act”

Media complaints ombudsman thanks MISA for support

MISA-Swaziland Alert 25 June 2013 Swaziland’s media complaint’s ombudsman, Jabu Matsebula, has thanked the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and UNESCO for assisting the Media Complaints Commission (MCC) during its first three months of operation. Matsebula, who is also secretary general of Swaziland’s editors forum (SEF), expressed gratitude for the support MISA has given to the MCC, whileContinue reading “Media complaints ombudsman thanks MISA for support”

Stakeholders of Swaziland’s Media Complaints Commission

MISA-Swaziland e-Forum article The following document was produced by Mr Jabu Matsebula, Ombudsman of Swaziland’s Media Complaints Commission  The Media Complaints Commission (MCC) Charter recognizes the following stakeholders: Media stakeholders involved in the development and elaboration of the MCC and its institutional structures agreed that it should be formed exclusively of institutions that have a directContinue reading “Stakeholders of Swaziland’s Media Complaints Commission”

First 3 months of media complaints commission in Swaziland: progress and challenges

MISA-Swaziland e-Forum article The following document was produced by Mr Jabu Matsebula, Ombudsman of Swaziland’s Media Complaints Commission  Progress so far Since the Ombudsman assumed office, the newspapers have made significant efforts to improve the quality of their content and its accuracy. In addition, they have ensured that minimum complaints are kept at a minimum, andContinue reading “First 3 months of media complaints commission in Swaziland: progress and challenges”

The code and scope of Swaziland’s media complaints commission

MISA-Swaziland e-Forum article The following document was produced by Mr Jabu Matsebula, Ombudsman of Swaziland’s Media Complaints Commission  Professional code The MCC is mandated with implementing the Swaziland Journalists Code of Ethics.  The code was developed collaboratively and endorsed by the Swaziland Editors Forum and the Swaziland National Association of Journalists in 2006. It is the commonContinue reading “The code and scope of Swaziland’s media complaints commission”

Communications legislation passes parliament

MISA-Swaziland Alert 24 June 2013 Two pieces of communications legislation passed Swaziland’s parliament last week. Local media on June 24 2013 reported the Swaziland Communications Bill 2010 and the Electronics Communications Bill 2009 are now on their way to head of state King Mswati III to receive royal assent. “Last Thursday marked what many viewedContinue reading “Communications legislation passes parliament”

Students meet the media in Swaziland

The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland, in partnership with Save the Children is running a training and research program on young people and the media. On Wednesday 19 June, MISA held a training session on ‘ethical reporting of children’ and arranged for three journalists to hear the thoughts of a group of SwaziContinue reading “Students meet the media in Swaziland”

Radio advert pulled off air

MISA-Swaziland Alert 17 June 2013 Swaziland’s national radio station has pulled a “sexist” and “offensive” advertisement off the air, according to local media reports. “The advert, which has been running on the national radio for over a month, was removed after authorities realised it would set a bad precedent despite numerous campaigns by government andContinue reading “Radio advert pulled off air”