Media in Africa: 20 years after the Windhoek Declaration on press freedom

The Windhoek Declaration was agreed upon at a UN-sponsored seminar, ‘Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press’, held in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, in 1991. It was later endorsed by the UNESCO general conference. The Declaration defines an independent press as that which is ‘independent from governmental, political or economic control or from control of materials andContinue reading “Media in Africa: 20 years after the Windhoek Declaration on press freedom”

National Overview of Swaziland’s Media 2011

The year under review has been fraught with many challenges for the mass media in Swaziland. Court orders were issued to try and censor the media, journalists were harassed and a newspaper was threatened with closure. Censorship of the media reared its ugly head when the Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi ordered the privately-owned Times of Swaziland to stop publishingContinue reading “National Overview of Swaziland’s Media 2011”

Coverage of Democracy in the Swazi Press

Research project, 2011 This study sought to analyse the extent to which the Swazi press are able to encourage good governance and contribute to the realisation of democracy. Most reporting was found wanting. In the daily newspapers, the dominance of uncritical, event-based reporting that was over-reliant on government voices put the agenda-setting power firmly in the hands ofContinue reading “Coverage of Democracy in the Swazi Press”