MISA Swaziland | Media Alert
August 22 2014
The Times of Swaziland has reported that the South African media should stop distorting stories about the kingdom.
“Chairman of the Swaziland National Editors Forum Mbongeni Mbingo has appealed to the South African media to desist from distorting news stories that were initially broken by journalists in Swaziland,” reported the Times of Swaziland.
The article, which was attributed to “Times reporter”, said that Mbingo was speaking at a Freedom House sponsored event in Johannesburg, where South African editors were learning about the declining respect for freedom of speech in Swaziland.
Mbingo’s comments come at a time when journalists in Swaziland face increasing censorship. The threat of jail hangs over journalists who dare to question or criticize the actions of the nation’s leaders. In July 2014 Bheki Makhubu, editor of the Nation magazine, and Thulani Maseko, human rights lawyer and columnist for the Nation, were sentenced to two years in jail on a contempt of court charge.