Media blackout for Information minister and government spokesperson in Tanzania

MISA-Tanzania Media Alert October 10 2013 Tanzanian media houses resolved, on Wednesday 9, October 2013, to dissociate themselves from any government activity performed by the minister of Information, Dr Fenella Mukangara, and the government spokesperson, Assah Mwambene, until further notice. The decision was made during a media stakeholders meeting held in the capital, Dar-es-Salaam, followingContinue reading “Media blackout for Information minister and government spokesperson in Tanzania”

Mahlanya Maketh the Man: Kwakha Indvodza brings community together

MISA-Swaziland e-Forum article MAHLANYA, Swaziland | Sat 5 October, 2013 Over 300 people poured into the Mahlanya Fun Day on Saturday to enjoy a good dose of food, music and sport – not to mention the fashion. Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa went along to see what all the fun about… The warm weather matchedContinue reading “Mahlanya Maketh the Man: Kwakha Indvodza brings community together”

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. 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  eitherContinue reading “Times of Swaziland applauds Police Commissioner’s apology over media intimidation”

When will Swazi TV grow up?

MISA-Swaziland Alert October 7 2013 A letter to the editor at the Times of Swaziland, published on Friday October 4, 2013, has lamented the poor standard of television in the country. The letter, titled “When will Swazi TV grow up?” and written by “Nkosinathi ‘Umsutfu’,” describes the unprofessional, rude, and boring service offered by the country’sContinue reading “When will Swazi TV grow up?”

PUDEMO praises ‘mature’ Princess Sikhanyiso, condemns her Twitter shut-down

MISA-Swaziland e-Forum article The below is a statement issued by Peoples United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO). It appears here in MISA-Swaziland’s e-Forum, an ‘online space’ for news and information on Swaziland’s civil society and NGO sector — and for more general news and information on media freedom. The e-Forum is a practical expression of MISA-Swaziland’s mission to promote free speech and access to information.  TheContinue reading “PUDEMO praises ‘mature’ Princess Sikhanyiso, condemns her Twitter shut-down”

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

MISA-Swaziland Statement October 3 2013 In the wake of police attacks on working journalists, MISA Swaziland jointly with the Swaziland Editors Forum (SEF) on Monday met National Police Commissioner, Isaac Magagula, at the Royal Swaziland Police Headquarters. Times of Swaziland reporter Sisho Magagula was manhandled and had his pictures deleted from the company camera atContinue reading “MISA welcomes police apology, calls for more openness between media and police”

MISA Statement on Police Harassment in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland Statement October 3 2013 Following the unwarranted police attacks on print media journalists in their line of duty, MISA Swaziland condemns these continued acts of media freedom violation. Two weeks ago, a Hlathikhulu Police Station desk officer manhandled Times of Swaziland reporter, Sisho Magagula, and deleted pictures from his camera while he was onContinue reading “MISA Statement on Police Harassment in Swaziland”

Thoughts on media freedom under Swaziland’s ‘monarchical democracy’

The following IFEX (International Freedom of Expression Exchange) article by Caro Rolando was posted online at http://www.ifex.org on October 2 2013. Rolando is IFEX Editor for Africa, Europe and Central Asia. Swaziland is a country that many people know little about. The small, landlocked nation is too-often reduced by international media to being home toContinue reading “Thoughts on media freedom under Swaziland’s ‘monarchical democracy’”

MISA supports UN resolution on safety of journalists

MISA Regional Statement October 2 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is greatly encouraged by the passing of a resolution on the Safety of Journalists at the recently concluded 24th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC). MISA shares the concern that “violations of the right to freedom of opinion and expressionContinue reading “MISA supports UN resolution on safety of journalists”

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

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update September 30 2013 Walter Dlamini, the Times of Swaziland photojournalist who had a police gun pointed at him last Saturday, says he’s doing “okay”. Dlamini, who was covering a protest in the southern Swazi town of Gege on Saturday 28 September, said the armed policeman — “cocked revolver” in hand — was “aboutContinue reading “‘I saw nothing wrong with the protestors’ – Swazi journalist almost shot after taking photos of police brutality”