Alert / Media Alert

Times of Swaziland applauds Police Commissioner’s apology over media intimidation

MISA-Swaziland Alert
October 7 2013

An anonymous column in the Times of Swaziland on October 4 2013 has applauded the National Police Commissioner’s apology after an officer harassed a journalist.

Mr Ref Police apologoy onside

The column, ‘MR REF’, is a daily feature of Times of Swaziland’s comments page. Each day MR REF considers three topical issues and will judge each issue as being  either ‘onside’ or ‘offside’.

It had this to say about the recent apology from Commissioner Isaac Magagula.

“In a positive step towards observing constitutional rights, the police have apologised for harassing and manhandling a Swazi News journalist and deleting his photographs last month. Let’s hope it doesn’t happen again. FLAG: ONSIDE

To read more about the relationship between the media and the police in Swaziland, click on the links below

Policeman points gun at journalist in Swaziland

‘I saw nothing wrong with the protestors’ – Swazi journalist almost shot after taking photos of police brutality

MISA Statement on Police Harassment in Swaziland

MISA welcomes police apology, calls for more openness between media and police

For comments or queries, please contact:
Vuyisile Hlatshwayo

MISA-Swaziland National Director
Email: misa.nd@realnet.co.sz

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