Minister happy with media freedom debate, wants more transparency–media report

MISA-Swaziland Alert
5 June 2013

Article from Times of Swaziland, May 31 2013
Article from Swazi Observer, May 31 2013

Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Winnie Magagula, says transparency and ethical guidelines can help create a more professional media sector, according to a report in Swazi Observer on May 31 2013.

Rogers Mamba, a fellow minster, delivered an address on behalf of Magagula at a recent meeting between editors and the country’s political leaders, where he presented Magagula’s thoughts on the media.

“In the quest to self-regulation,” reported the Swazi Observer, “such transparency would invite more direct and more informed discussions from citizens.”

Magagula also added her voice in support of the current debate on media freedom in Swaziland.

“I am encouraged by the recent media debates around the role of the media and society and the constitutional rights of the ordinary citizens.”

Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), a press freedom NGO, sparked debate on the role of the media and press freedom when it released its 2012 review of the media.

MISA-Swaziland, in its report, So This is Democracy?, revealed the endemic censorship in the nation as well as the poor working conditions for many journalists. Click here to read the report.

For comments or queries, please contact:
Vuyisile Hlatshwayo, MISA-Swaziland National Director




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