Journalist attacked by mob while covering chieftaincy dispute

MISA-Swaziland Alert 9 January 2013 Eugene Dube, a freelance journalist who writes for the state-owned Swazi Observer, is recovering after he was beaten by an angry mob while covering a long-standing chieftaincy dispute. The Swaziland Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland) visited Dube after learning of the attack. The journalist suffered injuries onContinue reading “Journalist attacked by mob while covering chieftaincy dispute”

MISA-Swaziland end of year statement 2012

MISA-Swaziland Statement31 December 2012 MISA Swaziland remains committed to its mandate to promote freedom of expression via a free, independent and pluralistic media.  As we bring down the curtain on 2012, MISA takes this opportunity to take stock of the media sector.    Credit goes to Government for having made progress in media development byContinue reading “MISA-Swaziland end of year statement 2012”

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”

Newspaper apologises after public outcry

MISA-Swaziland Statement 4 January 2013 The Times of Swaziland Sunday, a weekly tabloid, has apologised for publishing a photo of a naked diplomat and unethically revealing her identity. The photo was published on 27 January 2013, accompanying a story about a London-based Swazi diplomat and her former Zimbabwean boyfriend. The former boyfriend – who hasContinue reading “Newspaper apologises after public outcry”

Times of Swaziland says ‘Free the airwaves’ – MISA Swaziland agrees

MISA-Swaziland Statement 18 December 2012 Swaziland’s only privately-owned newspaper has called for the liberalisation of the Kingdom’s radio airwaves. In an editorial titled ‘Free the airwaves’, the Times of Swaziland notes that radio is the dominant medium of communication in Africa, yet in Swaziland – a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa bordered by SouthContinue reading “Times of Swaziland says ‘Free the airwaves’ – MISA Swaziland agrees”