Newspaper boss suspended, formerly suspended finance man takes over

MISA-Swaziland Alert 22 February 2013 Media reports say Alpheous Nxumalo, managing director of the State-owned Swazi Observer Group of Newspapers, has been suspended. The Swazi Observer, published by the Swazi Observer Group of Newspapers, on Thursday, 21 February 2013 reported that the Board of Directors gave no reason for Nxumalo’s suspension, only saying more information would be forthcomingContinue reading “Newspaper boss suspended, formerly suspended finance man takes over”

African Commission meets to discuss Access to Information

MISA-Swaziland Statement 18 February 2013 The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) is currently discussing draft Access to Information legislation in Banjul, the capital of west-African country The Gambia, according to a University of Pretoria statement. From 18 to 23 February the human rights commissioners will fine-tune the Model on Access to Information,Continue reading “African Commission meets to discuss Access to Information”

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”

TV authority Chairperson fired, no reason given

MISA-Swaziland Alert 14 February 2013 Reports from Mbabane say Dr. Maxwell Mthembu, Chairperson of the Swaziland Television Authority (STVA) has been fired. It appears no reason for the dismissal has been given. Mthembu, a Journalism and Mass Communication lecturer at the University of Swaziland, confirmed to the Swaziland Chapter of the Media Institute of SouthernContinue reading “TV authority Chairperson fired, no reason given”

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”

Magistrate supports journalists’ right to information

MISA-Swaziland Alert 8 February 2013 A magistrate in Swaziland has come to the defence of journalists after they were denied access to court documents. In a Times of Swaziland news article published on Thursday, 7 February 2013, an unnamed journalist reported that “Magistrate Dumisani Mazibuko came to the rescue of journalists when he openly reprimanded a court clerk for refusingContinue reading “Magistrate supports journalists’ right to information”

Newspaper introduces socially responsible initiative

MISA-Swaziland Statement 7 February 2013 Swaziland’s only privately owned newspaper, Times of Swaziland, has introduced an initiative aimed at assisting people who are victims of abuse. In the Times on Tuesday 5 February, page ten, there was an article about the alleged rape of a four-year-old. Underneath the article appears an ‘information template’, or ‘contactContinue reading “Newspaper introduces socially responsible initiative”

Banned political party criticizes State newspaper group executive

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 21 January 2013 The Ngwane National Liberatory Congress (NNLC), a banned political party in the kingdom of Swaziland, has spoken out against the managing director of the state-owned Swazi Observer Newspaper Group, Alpheous Nxumalo, for suppressing diverse views and violating the Constitution. In a letter published by the Times of Swaziland, the kingdom’s onlyContinue reading “Banned political party criticizes State newspaper group executive”

Senate president insults journalists, threatens censorship

MISA-Swaziland Alert 20 January 2013 Swaziland Senate president Gelane Zwane has insulted and threatened journalists for turning up to a meeting to which they were invited, according to reports in the Times of Swaziland, the country’s oldest privately-owned newspaper. Zwane, who was in attendance at the meeting, held Thursday, 17 January 2013, to prepare for the openingContinue reading “Senate president insults journalists, threatens censorship”

Head of State-owned newspaper group vows to block pro-democracy voices

MISA-Swaziland Alert 15 January 2013 Managing Director of the state-owned Swazi Observer Newspaper Group, Alpheous Nxumalo, has vowed not to allow any pro-democracy voices to be published in his stable and has further accused other media practitioners in Swaziland of undermining the country’s institutions, the monarchy being one. The newspaper group publishes the Swazi Observer and Weekend Observer.Continue reading “Head of State-owned newspaper group vows to block pro-democracy voices”