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”

Editors’ forum condemns possible 2-year jail term for scribe

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 18 April 2013 The Southern African Editors’ Forum (SAEF) has condemned a possible two-year jail term or US$20,000 fine imposed on Bheki Makhubu, an editor, by the courts in Swaziland. Makhubu edits one of Swaziland’s few independent sources of news, The Nation magazine, published by Swaziland Independent Publishers. The magazine was found guilty of “contemptContinue reading “Editors’ forum condemns possible 2-year jail term for scribe”

Editor faces 2 years in jail for criticising judge

MISA-Swaziland Alert 18 April 2013 One of Swaziland’s few independent source of news, The Nation magazine, has been found guilty of “contempt by scandalizing the court” following its publication of two articles in 2009 and 2010 that criticised Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi. Editor of the monthly magazine, Bheki Makhubu, and the its publisher, Swaziland Independent Publishers, wereContinue reading “Editor faces 2 years in jail for criticising judge”

Media complaints commission open for business

MISA-Swaziland Alert 12 April 2013 A media complaints commission for print news is now operating in Swaziland, after almost ten years of planning and discussion. Members of the public can now contact a media ombudsman who, along with a panel, will decide whether corrective action should be taken or the complaint should be taken toContinue reading “Media complaints commission open for business”

Suspended editors reinstated

MISA-Swaziland Alert 26 March 2013 The board of directors at the Swazi Observer Newspaper Group have reinstated controversially suspended editors, Alec Lushaba and Thulani Thwala. The reinstatement comes eight months after the pair was suspended by then managing director of the group, Alpheous Nxumalo, for allegedly not following the founding mandate of the newspaper group.Continue reading “Suspended editors reinstated”

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”

Speech by MISA director to Swazi civil society leaders

MISA-Swaziland Speech Vuyisile Hlatshwayo, MISA-Swaziland National Director 7 March 2013 Let me take this opportunity to welcome you all to this media-training workshop. The Swaziland chapter of Media Institute of Southern Africa, as host of the training, is encouraged by your attendance and truly wishes to assist civil society leaders in getting their messages intoContinue reading “Speech by MISA director to Swazi civil society leaders”

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?”

Suspended newspaper executive said to have misused funds

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 28 February 2013 Media reports say Alpheous Nxumalo, the suspended managing director of the Swazi Observer Group of Newspapers, allegedly misused funds during his tenure. Chairperson of the Swazi Observer, Sthofeni Ginindza, suspended Nxumalo on 19 February 2013. On Monday, 25 February 2013 the Times of Swaziland, a privately owned daily newspaper, reported thatContinue reading “Suspended newspaper executive said to have misused funds”

Moves to merge Swaziland’s state-controlled broadcasters

MISA-Swaziland Alert 25 February 2013 Cabinet has approved draft legislation that intends to convert Swaziland’s two state-broadcasters into one national broadcaster, according to local media reports. The Swazi Observer, a state-owned daily, says cabinet passed the Swaziland Broadcasting Corporation Bill 2012 and the Swaziland Broadcasting Bill 2010 on Thursday, 21 February 2013. The Broadcasting CorporationsContinue reading “Moves to merge Swaziland’s state-controlled broadcasters”