Bheki Makhubu back in detention after Crown opposes bail – more jail time for respected editor

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 28 2014 Bheki Makhubu, the internationally respected editor of The Nation magazine, arrived at Swaziland’s high court this morning in leg chains. Three serious-looking security guards and several police officers were by his side, watching his every move. A casual bystander, though, might have noticed the natural authority and quiet dignityContinue reading “Bheki Makhubu back in detention after Crown opposes bail – more jail time for respected editor”

Swazi editor expected to apply for bail

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 27 2014 Swazi editor Bheki Makhubu is expected to apply for bail tomorrow morning, Friday 28 March, at the high court in the country’s capital Mbabane, according to the Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organisations (Sccco). Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko have been detained at Sidwashini jail, just northContinue reading “Swazi editor expected to apply for bail”

Is the Swazi broadcast media following the story of the jailed journalist and human rights lawyer?

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 26 2014 A journalist and a human rights lawyer are currently detained in prison in Swaziland, a small country in sub-Saharan Africa. Editor of The Nation magazine Bheki Makhubu and lawyer Thulani Maseko are facing contempt of court charges for writing articles questioning Swaziland’s justice system. Specifically, the two made comments on theContinue reading “Is the Swazi broadcast media following the story of the jailed journalist and human rights lawyer?”

7 more days behind bars for you two – judge orders more jail time for Swazi journalist and human rights lawyer

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 25 2014 Swaziland High Court judge Mpendulo Simelane has ordered journalist Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko back to jail for seven days after an open court hearing in Swaziland’s capital Mbabane. Makhubu and Maseko have been held at Sidwashini jail, just north of Mbabane, since March 18. They wereContinue reading “7 more days behind bars for you two – judge orders more jail time for Swazi journalist and human rights lawyer”

STATEMENT: MISA condemns arrest of Swazi lawyer and journalist

MISA-Regional | Statement March 19 2014 19 MARCH 2014, WINDHOEK NAMIBIA – The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) condemns the arrest, detention and unconstitutional closed hearing of prominent human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko and Nation magazine editor, Bheki Makhubu in Swaziland. Maseko, a senior member of Lawyers for Human Rights Swaziland, was arrested in his law firmContinue reading “STATEMENT: MISA condemns arrest of Swazi lawyer and journalist”

Journalist and human rights lawyer held in jail after closed court hearing

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 18 2014 A journalist and a human rights lawyer have been arrested and charged with contempt of court in Swaziland, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarchy. Editor of the The Nation magazine Bheki Makhubu and prominent human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko were both arrested and charged with contempt of court after writing articles in Makhubu’sContinue reading “Journalist and human rights lawyer held in jail after closed court hearing”

Swaziland’s new airport – another side of the story (in pictures)

MISA-Swaziland | e-Forum March 12 2014 Swaziland, a country of 1.2 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, unveiled a new airport last week. However news agency AFP said the $280-million airport is “years away from being operational and has been dubbed a ‘white elephant’ by critics”. During construction, which began 11 years ago, the airport was known as SikhupheContinue reading “Swaziland’s new airport – another side of the story (in pictures)”

Statement: African Platform on Access to Information (APAI)

MISA-Regional | Statement March 11 2014 Statement Issued by the Working Group of the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) at the end of its Meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on March 5 & 6, 2014 The Working Group of the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) met in Johannesburg, South Africa,Continue reading “Statement: African Platform on Access to Information (APAI)”

Journalists kicked out of airport opening – no accreditation

MISA-Swaziland | AlertMarch 10 2014 Swaziland unveiled a new airport last week. News agency AFP said the $280-million airport is “years away from being operational and has been dubbed a ‘white elephant’ by critics”. Local media in Swaziland, which rarely questions or directly criticises the ruling monarchy, reported that “numerous members of the public posing asContinue reading “Journalists kicked out of airport opening – no accreditation”

Press Release: Swazi journalist named one of MISA’s Women to Watch in 2014

MISA-Swaziland | Press Release March 8 2014 MISA announces their Women to Watch in 2014 WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA –The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) today announced the first annual MISA’s Women to Watch, to mark International Women’s Day, which is celebrated around the world on 8 March each year. MISA is honouring 12 dynamic­­ andContinue reading “Press Release: Swazi journalist named one of MISA’s Women to Watch in 2014”