Policeman points gun at journalist in Swaziland
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Policeman points gun at journalist in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland Alert September 30 2013 Police beat up protesters and an officer pointed a gun at a journalist on Saturday 28 September in Gege, a southern town in Swaziland near the Bothashoop border-crossing towards Piet Retief in South Africa. According to the Times of Swaziland, one of its photojournalists Walter Dlamini, was doing his job — … Continue reading

Government bans two newspapers: MISA-Tanzania
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Government bans two newspapers: MISA-Tanzania

MISA-Tanzania Alert September 30 2013 The government of Tanzania has banned two widely-read newspapers, Mwananchi and Mtanzania, for allegedly publishing seditious articles. The ban came into effect on Friday, 27 September 2013. At a press conference, the government’s Information Services Director, Assah Mwambene, said the newspapers had also been banned because they carried articles which were likely to force … Continue reading

‘We are now on the verge of becoming political pariahs on our own continent’ — Times of Swaziland echoes election concerns
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‘We are now on the verge of becoming political pariahs on our own continent’ — Times of Swaziland echoes election concerns

MISA-Swaziland | Alert September 26 2013 Swaziland’s only independently-owned newspaper has echoed the concerns of election observers, suggesting that the country is “far behind the curve when it comes to our political structure”. In its editorial on September 24, four days after the national election, the Times of Swaziland said the Southern African Development Community (SADC) … Continue reading

What makes good journalism?
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What makes good journalism?

MISA-Swaziland | Review September 26 2013 In June 1997 twenty-five journalists met at Harvard University in the United States. At the table were leading reporters and editors, influential radio and television people, and respected academics and authors. They felt something was wrong with the media. “They barely recognized what they considered journalism in much of … Continue reading

MISA hosting Access to Information conference in Zambia
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MISA hosting Access to Information conference in Zambia

24 SEPTEMBER, 2013 – LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Zambia will play host to over 150 participants attending the second regional ACTION (Access to Information) conference titled ‘Leveraging Continental Developments to Enhance the Adoption of Access to Information Laws in Africa‘ on September 25th through to the 27th, organised by the Media Institute of Southern Africa and the … Continue reading

Are you free to speak and meet in Swaziland?
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Are you free to speak and meet in Swaziland?

MISA-Swaziland Alert September 18 2013 In August 2013 the leader of Swaziland, King Mswati III, said citizens should exercise their constitutional right to freedom of speech and freedom of association. Speaking at a ceremony for Swaziland’s police force, the monarch told people not to fear police and to speak your mind. Section 24 of Swaziland’s … Continue reading

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Freedom found wanting in Swazi media as economy continues downward slide

MISA-Swaziland Alert September 18 2013 Chatham House, a London-based international affairs think-tank, has released a new report on Swaziland, a small southern African country wedged between South Africa and Mozambique. The 42-page analysis, ‘Swaziland: Southern Africa’s Forgotten Crisis,’ says: “The right to freedom of expression in the constitution does not include the right of access to information. … Continue reading