100 days in jail for journalist and human rights lawyer in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland | Alert June 25 2014 When the respected editor of The Nation magazine Bheki Makhubu and prominent human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko appear in court next Tuesday they will have spent over 100 days in Sidwashini jail, just north of Swaziland’s capital Mbabane. They are both facing criminal contempt of court charges after writing opinionContinue reading “100 days in jail for journalist and human rights lawyer in Swaziland”

‘Expose us when we abuse state resources,’ says SA deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as regional media faces renewed threats

MISA-Swaziland | Alert June 23, 2014 In today’s Swazi Observer, a daily newspaper in Swaziland, several reports from the region highlight the difficulties of being a journalist.  A Somali journalist died in Mogadishu on Saturday after a bomb blast believed to be attached to his car was remotely detonated, according to witnesses and police as reportedContinue reading “‘Expose us when we abuse state resources,’ says SA deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as regional media faces renewed threats”

‘Unfair for people in power to control how other people should think,’ says jailed Swazi journalist from witness box

MISA-Swaziland | Alert June 11 2014 Defence lawyers for detained journalist Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko yesterday finished presenting their case at Swaziland’s High Court. Makhubu and Maseko have been in jail for over 80 days after being charged with criminal contempt of court and remanded into Sidwashini prison for writing opinion piecesContinue reading “‘Unfair for people in power to control how other people should think,’ says jailed Swazi journalist from witness box”

Swazi appeal court overturns 2013 contempt conviction against Bheki Makhubu

MISA-Swaziland | Alert June 1, 2014 An appeal court in Swaziland on Friday 30 May set aside a criminal contempt of court ruling against Bheki Makhubu, editor of The Nation magazine. In the same ruling, the appeal court reduced the penalty relating to another contempt charge faced by Makhubu and the magazine. Read more in theContinue reading “Swazi appeal court overturns 2013 contempt conviction against Bheki Makhubu”

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”

MISA-Swaziland hosting World Press Freedom Day event on Friday 9 May

Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa is hosting an event to mark World Press Freedom Day this coming Friday 9 May. World Press Freedom Day, which was officially on May 3, is a day to reflect on the progress towards free speech and media freedom. It offers an opportunity to come together to discuss theContinue reading “MISA-Swaziland hosting World Press Freedom Day event on Friday 9 May”

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”