Commonwealth Parliamentary Association boots media from meeting on ‘parliament and the media’

MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert September 4 2014 Local media in Swaziland has reported that The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) kicked out journalists from a post elections seminar that was being held yesterday in the town of Ezulweni. The CPA is an organisation of British origin that works to support good governance, democracy and human rights.Continue reading “Commonwealth Parliamentary Association boots media from meeting on ‘parliament and the media’”

Swazi govt maintains tight grip on national broadcasters

MISA-Swaziland | Media AlertAugust 26 2014 Swaziland minister for information, communication and technology Dumisani Ndlangamandla said the national TV and radio stations are primarily there to serve the interests of the state, reported daily newspaper Times of Swaziland last week.  The national television station, Swazi TV, and the national radio station, SBIS, are both controlled byContinue reading “Swazi govt maintains tight grip on national broadcasters”

Swazi Editor tells SA media to stop distorting Swazi stories, reports Times of Swaziland

MISA Swaziland | Media AlertAugust 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,”Continue reading “Swazi Editor tells SA media to stop distorting Swazi stories, reports Times of Swaziland”

Swazi chief justice Michael Ramodibedi blasts media – Times of Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland | Media AlertAugust 20 2014 “The office of the chief justice takes this opportunity to warn the media from commenting adversely on cases pending in court,” said a statement issued by the CJ’s office, according to the Times of Swaziland. The statement continues: “Thus, for example, one publication scandalously referred to the chief justice’sContinue reading “Swazi chief justice Michael Ramodibedi blasts media – Times of Swaziland”

Respected Swazi journalist Bheki Makhubu files appeal against 2 year jail term for criminal contempt of court conviction

MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert August 18 2014 In the appeal papers, according to local media, lawyers for Makhubu say judge Mpendulo Simelane erred on several matters when convicting the editor of The Nation magazine. The appeal, according to the Sunday Observer, also touches on the silencing of critical voices in the kingdom as well asContinue reading “Respected Swazi journalist Bheki Makhubu files appeal against 2 year jail term for criminal contempt of court conviction”

‘Freedom of expression under siege in Swaziland’ – report

MISA-Swaziland | ResearchAugust 13 2014 A new piece of research by a Masters student at the University of Pretoria says Swazi “citizens cannot freely express themselves on issues involving the government and the monarchy because of fear of being harassed by the authorities”. Kudzani Ndlovu, who is studying at the University’s centre for human rights, completedContinue reading “‘Freedom of expression under siege in Swaziland’ – report”

Swazi prime minister tells MPs ‘to strangle union leaders when they return from the US’, reports local media

MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert August 7 2014 “Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini has called for the strangulation of workers union leaders who went to Washington under the pretext of going to save AGOA,” reports the Times of Swaziland. Click here to read the full report The competing daily Swazi Observer also reported on the matter however saidContinue reading “Swazi prime minister tells MPs ‘to strangle union leaders when they return from the US’, reports local media”

‘Friends of the Nation’ can now help: Embattled Swazi magazine sets up legal assistance fund as court saga continues

MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert August 5 2014 A monthly magazine in Swaziland is appealing for support as it continues to battle its way through the courts in a case that has drawn attention to the lack of free speech in the landlocked nation in southern Africa. The Nation magazine, published by Swaziland Independent Publishers PtyContinue reading “‘Friends of the Nation’ can now help: Embattled Swazi magazine sets up legal assistance fund as court saga continues”

MISA condemns 2-year prison sentence for Swazi editor and human rights lawyer; expresses grave concern for the state of free expression and media freedom in Swaziland

MISA-Regional | Statement July 28 2014 28 JULY 2014, WINDHOEK NAMIBIA – The Regional Governing Council of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is outraged and deeply saddened by the unreasonable sentencing of editor of The Nation Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko to two years in prison, without the option of aContinue reading “MISA condemns 2-year prison sentence for Swazi editor and human rights lawyer; expresses grave concern for the state of free expression and media freedom in Swaziland”

Little drops make mighty ocean: Breast Cancer Network appeals for help to save life of young Swazi

MISA-Swaziland | e-Forum July 29 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.  Press Statement: Swaziland Breast and Cervical Cancer NetworkContinue reading “Little drops make mighty ocean: Breast Cancer Network appeals for help to save life of young Swazi”