Freedom House Press Release: U.S. Responds to Swaziland’s Lack of Protection for Human Rights

MISA-Swaziland | e-Forum June 30 2014 MISA-Swaziland’s e-Forum posts stories and statements from civil society groups and NGOs in promotion of media freedom, diversity, pluralism, and access to information. The e-Forum also, in promotion of open public debate, encourages individuals and groups to reply and respond to stories or statements that appear on the Forum. Freedom House — PressContinue reading “Freedom House Press Release: U.S. Responds to Swaziland’s Lack of Protection for Human Rights”

SBCCN Press Release: Can you help save the life of a promising young Swazi woman with breast cancer?

MISA-Swaziland | e-Forum June 30 2014 MISA-Swaziland’s e-Forum posts stories and statements from civil society groups and NGOs in promotion of media freedom, diversity, pluralism, and access to information. The e-Forum also encourages individuals and groups to reply and respond to stories or statements that appear on the Forum. Swaziland Breast and Cervical Cancer Network — Press Release Continue reading “SBCCN Press Release: Can you help save the life of a promising young Swazi woman with breast cancer?”

Journalism is not a crime – Mail & Guardian

MISA-Swaziland | Alert June 30 2014 “Three journalists were convicted of subversive acts by an Egyptian court this past week and sentenced to between seven and 10 years in jail. This subversion is, in fact, journalists simply doing their jobs. The plight of the three has received international attention,” said South African newspaper Mail &Continue reading “Journalism is not a crime – Mail & Guardian”

100 days in jail for journalist and human rights lawyer in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland | Alert June 25 2014 When the respected editor of The Nation magazine Bheki Makhubu and prominent human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko appear in court next Tuesday they will have spent over 100 days in Sidwashini jail, just north of Swaziland’s capital Mbabane. They are both facing criminal contempt of court charges after writing opinionContinue reading “100 days in jail for journalist and human rights lawyer in Swaziland”

Draconian laws will never suppress a people’s desire for free expression, the press is here to stay – Swazi Observer

MISA-Swaziland | Alert June 25 2014 The editorial in yesterday’s Swazi Observer agrees with South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa that the media must annoy and challenge the leaders of a country, while also reporting in a fair and balanced manner.  “Africa direly needs politicians who will acknowledge the role of the press instead ofContinue reading “Draconian laws will never suppress a people’s desire for free expression, the press is here to stay – Swazi Observer”

‘Expose us when we abuse state resources,’ says SA deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as regional media faces renewed threats

MISA-Swaziland | Alert June 23, 2014 In today’s Swazi Observer, a daily newspaper in Swaziland, several reports from the region highlight the difficulties of being a journalist.  A Somali journalist died in Mogadishu on Saturday after a bomb blast believed to be attached to his car was remotely detonated, according to witnesses and police as reportedContinue reading “‘Expose us when we abuse state resources,’ says SA deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as regional media faces renewed threats”

‘Unfair for people in power to control how other people should think,’ says jailed Swazi journalist from witness box

MISA-Swaziland | Alert June 11 2014 Defence lawyers for detained journalist Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko yesterday finished presenting their case at Swaziland’s High Court. Makhubu and Maseko have been in jail for over 80 days after being charged with criminal contempt of court and remanded into Sidwashini prison for writing opinion piecesContinue reading “‘Unfair for people in power to control how other people should think,’ says jailed Swazi journalist from witness box”

Swazi appeal court overturns 2013 contempt conviction against Bheki Makhubu

MISA-Swaziland | Alert June 1, 2014 An appeal court in Swaziland on Friday 30 May set aside a criminal contempt of court ruling against Bheki Makhubu, editor of The Nation magazine. In the same ruling, the appeal court reduced the penalty relating to another contempt charge faced by Makhubu and the magazine. Read more in theContinue reading “Swazi appeal court overturns 2013 contempt conviction against Bheki Makhubu”