Swaziland: (possible) landmark free speech ruling to be handed down today

MISA-Swaziland | Alert May 30 2014 If you think you’re having a tough day, spare a thought for Bheki Makhubu, a prominent Swazi journalist currently in jail for writing an opinion piece in which he criticises the judiciary while calling for the rule of law to be respected and the constitution to be upheld. Makhubu,Continue reading “Swaziland: (possible) landmark free speech ruling to be handed down today”

Continued incarceration for respected journalist and lawyer

MISA-Swaziland | Alert April 15 2014 Another week in jail for journalist Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko. High Court judge Mpendulo Simelane refuses to remove himself from the case. Defence lawyers argued that Simelane cannot be objective because he is a subject of criticism in the opinion articles that have landed Makhubu and Maseko inContinue reading “Continued incarceration for respected journalist and lawyer”

‘Stop treating us like children’ – lawyer dresses down judge in Swaziland’s high court

MISA-Swaziland | Alert April 11 2014 A prominent human rights lawyer in Swaziland, who is currently detained behind bars for writing an opinion piece questioning the independence of the country’s judiciary, dressed down a high court judge yesterday, telling the judge to stop treating him like a child. “We have lawyers, why can’t you takeContinue reading “‘Stop treating us like children’ – lawyer dresses down judge in Swaziland’s high court”

‘Accused persons, stand up accused persons’ – Swazi judge orders more detention for journalist and human rights lawyer

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 28 2014 “Accused persons, stand up accused persons. You will further remain in custody until April 9th.” These were the parting words of Swaziland high court judge Mpendulo Simelane as he ordered journalist Bheki Makhubu and prominent human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko back into detention for another seven days. Before the hearingContinue reading “‘Accused persons, stand up accused persons’ – Swazi judge orders more detention for journalist and human rights lawyer”

Bheki Makhubu back in detention after Crown opposes bail – more jail time for respected editor

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 28 2014 Bheki Makhubu, the internationally respected editor of The Nation magazine, arrived at Swaziland’s high court this morning in leg chains. Three serious-looking security guards and several police officers were by his side, watching his every move. A casual bystander, though, might have noticed the natural authority and quiet dignityContinue reading “Bheki Makhubu back in detention after Crown opposes bail – more jail time for respected editor”

Swazi editor expected to apply for bail

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 27 2014 Swazi editor Bheki Makhubu is expected to apply for bail tomorrow morning, Friday 28 March, at the high court in the country’s capital Mbabane, according to the Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organisations (Sccco). Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko have been detained at Sidwashini jail, just northContinue reading “Swazi editor expected to apply for bail”

Is the Swazi broadcast media following the story of the jailed journalist and human rights lawyer?

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 26 2014 A journalist and a human rights lawyer are currently detained in prison in Swaziland, a small country in sub-Saharan Africa. Editor of The Nation magazine Bheki Makhubu and lawyer Thulani Maseko are facing contempt of court charges for writing articles questioning Swaziland’s justice system. Specifically, the two made comments on theContinue reading “Is the Swazi broadcast media following the story of the jailed journalist and human rights lawyer?”

7 more days behind bars for you two – judge orders more jail time for Swazi journalist and human rights lawyer

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 25 2014 Swaziland High Court judge Mpendulo Simelane has ordered journalist Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko back to jail for seven days after an open court hearing in Swaziland’s capital Mbabane. Makhubu and Maseko have been held at Sidwashini jail, just north of Mbabane, since March 18. They wereContinue reading “7 more days behind bars for you two – judge orders more jail time for Swazi journalist and human rights lawyer”

Journalist and human rights lawyer held in jail after closed court hearing

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 18 2014 A journalist and a human rights lawyer have been arrested and charged with contempt of court in Swaziland, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarchy. Editor of the The Nation magazine Bheki Makhubu and prominent human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko were both arrested and charged with contempt of court after writing articles in Makhubu’sContinue reading “Journalist and human rights lawyer held in jail after closed court hearing”

Journalists kicked out of airport opening – no accreditation

MISA-Swaziland | AlertMarch 10 2014 Swaziland unveiled a new airport last week. News agency AFP said the $280-million airport is “years away from being operational and has been dubbed a ‘white elephant’ by critics”. Local media in Swaziland, which rarely questions or directly criticises the ruling monarchy, reported that “numerous members of the public posing asContinue reading “Journalists kicked out of airport opening – no accreditation”