So this is democracy? Media freedom in Swaziland continues to come under threat in 2013

MISA-Swaziland’s Annual Statement on the Media for 2013 This article forms part of the Media Institute of Southern Africa’s report on the state of media freedom in the region in 2013 — So this is Democracy? To read this article in PDF click here and to read the regional overview click here In Swaziland, 2013 sawContinue reading “So this is democracy? Media freedom in Swaziland continues to come under threat in 2013”

So This Is Democracy? Swaziland’s media in 2012

MISA-Swaziland’s Annual Statement on the Media Written in February 2013 INTRODUCTION The more things change, the more they stay the same. This proverb aptly describes the unchanged media environment in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Nothing has changed in the seven years since the adoption of a new Constitution in 2005. Section 24 of the ConstitutionContinue reading “So This Is Democracy? Swaziland’s media in 2012”

Wave of support for embattled Swazi editor

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 22 April 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland (MISA-Swaziland), a press freedom NGO, is encouraged by the number of voices supporting embattled editor Bheki Makhubu, who last week was told by the high court to pay E200,000 ($US21,000) within three days or else go to jail for two years. Makhubu,Continue reading “Wave of support for embattled Swazi editor”

Access to information and studying journalism in Swaziland – both difficult

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 21 February 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland heard that His Majesty’s government recently labeled journalism a ‘non-priority area’. Journalism and mass communication students at the University of Swaziland, it follows, would no longer receive any financial assistance from the government. In the past journalism students might be eligible forContinue reading “Access to information and studying journalism in Swaziland – both difficult”

Broadcasting legislation enters Swazi parliament – good news or bad?

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 7 March 2013 Minister of information, communication and technology, Winnie Magagula, tabled the Swaziland Broadcasting Bill 2013 and the Swaziland Broadcasting Corporation Bill 2013 in the Senate on Wednesday 6 March. The Bills are now expected be discussed by parliamentary committees who, it is understood, will seek consultation from anyone interested in theContinue reading “Broadcasting legislation enters Swazi parliament – good news or bad?”

Police clampdown pro-democracy meeting

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 18 February 2013 It was billed as a peaceful, pro-democracy prayer, organised by the Swaziland United Democracy Front and the Swaziland Democracy Campaign. It was to take place on Saturday morning, 16 February 2013 at a Catholic meeting hall in Manzini, the commercial capital of Swaziland, a small kingdom wedged between South AfricaContinue reading “Police clampdown pro-democracy meeting”

Newspaper criticised over misleading HIV reporting

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 11 February 2013 Dr Nduduzo Dube, program manager at Swaziland’s AIDS Healthcare Foundation, has written a stinging letter to the Times of Swaziland about its false and sensationalist reporting of HIV and AIDS stories. “I have always noted the negativity with which the local press has handled all the matters that border aroundContinue reading “Newspaper criticised over misleading HIV reporting”

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”