MISA-Swaziland e-Forum article
By e-Forum contributor Portia Magagula
November 15, 2013
MBABANE — Swaziland Editors Forum deputy Martin Dlamini addressed the issue of freedom of expression in the media at a meeting between editors and civil leaders yesterday morning.
Dlamini, who is also managing editor of Times of Swaziland, said efforts are made to get as many voices as possible into the media. He added that more needs to be done to make the environment more friendly to journalists.
He noted the recently-established Media Complaints Commission offers civil society members the chance to make the media clearer and more accurate.
In his remarks, however, Dlamini said that if voices are too offensive they may not be heard in the media.
“Tone and language from society to the print media is what restricts what comes out of the paper and has to be edited. People must be respectful and mindful towards newspapers,” he said.