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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’s … Continue reading

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

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

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

‘Black Friday for Journalism’ in Swaziland: ‘Explosive’ and ‘hostile’ judge sends Swazi editor and lawyer to jail for 2 years, reports local media
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‘Black Friday for Journalism’ in Swaziland: ‘Explosive’ and ‘hostile’ judge sends Swazi editor and lawyer to jail for 2 years, reports local media

MISA-Swaziland | Alert July 26 2014 “An explosive and hostile Judge Mpendulo Simelane sentenced The Nation magazine editor Bheki Makhubu and columnist and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko to two years imprisonment without an option of a fine yesterday, sending shock waves to media practitioners locally and internationally,” reports today’s edition of weekly newspaper Observer … Continue reading

‘Political’ magazine banned from Swazi prison
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‘Political’ magazine banned from Swazi prison

MISA-Swaziland | Alert July 21 2014 Members of banned political organisations in Swaziland said prison guards didn’t let them take a copy of newsmagazine The Nation into one of the kingdom’s prisons, according to local news reports. “The incident occurred at the Zakhele Remand Centre on Friday (July 18) morning when certain members of the … Continue reading

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Trial of jailed Swazi editor and lawyer comes to an end – no date set for ruling

MISA-Swaziland | Alert July 4 2014 “The marathon trial of The Nation magazine editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko ended yesterday, nearly 115 days after their first arrest,” reported the Times of Swaziland. Makhubu and Maseko have been in jail for 106 days as the trial played out. Both men were charged … Continue reading