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 “Policeman points gun at journalist in Swaziland”

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 forceContinue reading “Government bans two newspapers: MISA-Tanzania”

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

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 ofContinue reading “What makes good journalism?”

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 theContinue reading “MISA hosting Access to Information conference in Zambia”

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’sContinue reading “Are you free to speak and meet in Swaziland?”

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 “Freedom found wanting in Swazi media as economy continues downward slide”

Minister assaults journalist, religious group confiscates TV camera – MISA Malawi

Malawi Alert 28 August 2013 Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) journalist, Raphael Mlozoa was on Friday, 25 August 2013 assaulted by bodyguards belonging to Malawi’s minister of Economic Planning and Development, Ralph Jooma. Mlozoa was accused of publishing false news by the minister. ZBS editor, Pilirani Phiri, confirmed the incident to the Media Institute of SouthernContinue reading “Minister assaults journalist, religious group confiscates TV camera – MISA Malawi”

Youth voice absent in Swazi media – MISA research

Children and young people’s voices in Swaziland’s media are heard in only 8 percent of the stories that are about them, according to new research by Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa in partnership with child rights NGO Save the Children. The country’s two daily newspapers, Times of Swaziland and Swazi Observer, both published MondayContinue reading “Youth voice absent in Swazi media – MISA research”