Independent journalism remains the lifeblood of democracy

Sunday, 23rd February, 2020 By Zweli Martin Dlamini Independent journalism whose fundamental objective is to hold those in power accountable to the people remains the lifeblood for a free and democratic society. Indeed, absolute power without accountability manifests to dictatorship and this subsequently result to social, economic and political hardships that impacts the society. ItContinue reading “Independent journalism remains the lifeblood of democracy”

Transparency a long way off in secretive Eswatini (Swaziland): 2018 report

It is an open secret that a culture of secrecy still exists within the government and public institutions. As a result, public complaints of lack of access to information held by government and public entities abound.

Swaziland needs to pass Freedom of Information legislation

“Swaziland needs to accelerate the process of passing the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Draft Bill of 2007 into law,” according to a new report by the Media Institute of Southern Africa. The report on open and secretive public institutions in Swaziland is an annual assessment, based on field research and website analyses,Continue reading “Swaziland needs to pass Freedom of Information legislation”

MISA-Swaziland welcomes release of Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko after 15 months in jail

Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland) welcomes the release of editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko. The two were acquitted by the Supreme Court of Swaziland yesterday, 30 June 2015, after serving a year in jail in an unprecedented case which has seen the tiny kingdom drawing attention from several regionalContinue reading “MISA-Swaziland welcomes release of Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko after 15 months in jail”

‘Judiciary can make positive contribution to press freedom’, says Dr Fidelis Kanyongolo

“In the defamation laws of most countries, a court will not find a person or organisation that is sued for defamation liable if he, she or it proves that the alleged defamation was true in fact.” – Dr Fidelis Kanyongolo Mbabane, Swaziland, 2015 On May 3 2015, to mark World Press Freedom Day, Swaziland’s MediaContinue reading “‘Judiciary can make positive contribution to press freedom’, says Dr Fidelis Kanyongolo”

‘Human rights belong to everyone – 365 days of the year’, says MISA on Human Rights Day 2014

10 DECEMBER 2014, WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA – The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) today joins human rights advocates and citizens around the world in celebrating Human Rights Day. December 10 is an occasion to celebrate human rights victories over the past year and to focus attention and pressure on our governments to address human rightsContinue reading “‘Human rights belong to everyone – 365 days of the year’, says MISA on Human Rights Day 2014”

Defamation Pay Day: Swazi politician wins biggest defamation case in kingdom’s history

MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert December 8, 2014 Senate President Gelane Simelane-Zwane has won E550,000 ($50,000) in a controversial defamation case against the country’s only privately-owned daily newspaper, reports local media. Simelane-Zwane, who is also acting chief of KoNtshingila, sued the Times of Swaziland over an article it published about Simelane-Zwane’s birth name. The article inContinue reading “Defamation Pay Day: Swazi politician wins biggest defamation case in kingdom’s history”