Newspaper introduces socially responsible initiative

MISA-Swaziland Statement 7 February 2013 Swaziland’s only privately owned newspaper, Times of Swaziland, has introduced an initiative aimed at assisting people who are victims of abuse. In the Times on Tuesday 5 February, page ten, there was an article about the alleged rape of a four-year-old. Underneath the article appears an ‘information template’, or ‘contactContinue reading “Newspaper introduces socially responsible initiative”

Banned political party criticizes State newspaper group executive

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 21 January 2013 The Ngwane National Liberatory Congress (NNLC), a banned political party in the kingdom of Swaziland, has spoken out against the managing director of the state-owned Swazi Observer Newspaper Group, Alpheous Nxumalo, for suppressing diverse views and violating the Constitution. In a letter published by the Times of Swaziland, the kingdom’s onlyContinue reading “Banned political party criticizes State newspaper group executive”

Senate president insults journalists, threatens censorship

MISA-Swaziland Alert 20 January 2013 Swaziland Senate president Gelane Zwane has insulted and threatened journalists for turning up to a meeting to which they were invited, according to reports in the Times of Swaziland, the country’s oldest privately-owned newspaper. Zwane, who was in attendance at the meeting, held Thursday, 17 January 2013, to prepare for the openingContinue reading “Senate president insults journalists, threatens censorship”

Head of State-owned newspaper group vows to block pro-democracy voices

MISA-Swaziland Alert 15 January 2013 Managing Director of the state-owned Swazi Observer Newspaper Group, Alpheous Nxumalo, has vowed not to allow any pro-democracy voices to be published in his stable and has further accused other media practitioners in Swaziland of undermining the country’s institutions, the monarchy being one. The newspaper group publishes the Swazi Observer and Weekend Observer.Continue reading “Head of State-owned newspaper group vows to block pro-democracy voices”

Journalist attacked by mob while covering chieftaincy dispute

MISA-Swaziland Alert 9 January 2013 Eugene Dube, a freelance journalist who writes for the state-owned Swazi Observer, is recovering after he was beaten by an angry mob while covering a long-standing chieftaincy dispute. The Swaziland Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland) visited Dube after learning of the attack. The journalist suffered injuries onContinue reading “Journalist attacked by mob while covering chieftaincy dispute”

MISA-Swaziland end of year statement 2012

MISA-Swaziland Statement31 December 2012 MISA Swaziland remains committed to its mandate to promote freedom of expression via a free, independent and pluralistic media.  As we bring down the curtain on 2012, MISA takes this opportunity to take stock of the media sector.    Credit goes to Government for having made progress in media development byContinue reading “MISA-Swaziland end of year statement 2012”

Swaziland still struggling with press freedom – Reporters Without Borders

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 6 January 2013 Swaziland has placed 155th on the Reporters Without Borders 2013 World Press Freedom Index, dropping 11 spots since last year. Reporters Without Borders, a global media watchdog, labeled the small sub-Saharan kingdom as one of “Africa’s predatory censors”. Also earning this tag was Gambia (152on the index), Rwanda (161), EquatorialContinue reading “Swaziland still struggling with press freedom – Reporters Without Borders”

Newspaper apologises after public outcry

MISA-Swaziland Statement 4 January 2013 The Times of Swaziland Sunday, a weekly tabloid, has apologised for publishing a photo of a naked diplomat and unethically revealing her identity. The photo was published on 27 January 2013, accompanying a story about a London-based Swazi diplomat and her former Zimbabwean boyfriend. The former boyfriend – who hasContinue reading “Newspaper apologises after public outcry”

Times of Swaziland says ‘Free the airwaves’ – MISA Swaziland agrees

MISA-Swaziland Statement 18 December 2012 Swaziland’s only privately-owned newspaper has called for the liberalisation of the Kingdom’s radio airwaves. In an editorial titled ‘Free the airwaves’, the Times of Swaziland notes that radio is the dominant medium of communication in Africa, yet in Swaziland – a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa bordered by SouthContinue reading “Times of Swaziland says ‘Free the airwaves’ – MISA Swaziland agrees”

Most Open & Secretive Government Departments in Swaziland 2010-11

MISA-Swaziland investigated the level of openness in several Swaziland government departments in 2010 and 2011 2011: Swaziland’s Constitution (2005), within the Rights and Freedoms provisions, guarantees and protects the right to freedom of information. However, the country does not have Access to Information Legislation. This means that the Government and Public Institutions are not obligated toContinue reading “Most Open & Secretive Government Departments in Swaziland 2010-11”