It is an open secret that a culture of secrecy still exists within the government and public institutions. As a result, public complaints of lack of access to information held by government and public entities abound.
Leading up to Swaziland’s celebration of 50 years of independence in 2018, the role of media in social, economic and political progress has never been more crucial.
“Swaziland needs to accelerate the process of passing the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Draft Bill of 2007 into law,” according to a new report by the Media Institute of Southern Africa. The report on open and secretive public institutions in Swaziland is an annual assessment, based on field research and website analyses,Continue reading “Swaziland needs to pass Freedom of Information legislation”
MISA-Swaziland | Research November 18 2014 The below article was originally published on UNESCO’s In Focus news-site. Freedom of expression was at the heart of discussions at a UNESCO-supported round table on assessing the media landscape in Swaziland, which took place in Mbabane on 30 October. The round table, organized by the Swaziland Chapter ofContinue reading “Taking stock of the media in Swaziland – MISA partners with UNESCO on media development research”
MISA-Swaziland | ResearchAugust 13 2014 A new piece of research by a Masters student at the University of Pretoria says Swazi “citizens cannot freely express themselves on issues involving the government and the monarchy because of fear of being harassed by the authorities”. Kudzani Ndlovu, who is studying at the University’s centre for human rights, completedContinue reading “‘Freedom of expression under siege in Swaziland’ – report”
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”
MISA-Swaziland | Research July 9 2014 Nomsa Dlamini (15) is ensconced in a black leather lounge suite, seemingly oblivious to the lively chitchat of her two playful siblings in the spacious living room. Lost in her newfound fantasy world, her nimble thumbs seem to be the ones doing all the talking, deftly punching the tinyContinue reading “Anti-social or social community? How young people use social media in Swaziland”
Children and young people’s voices in Swaziland’s media are heard in only 8 percent of the stories that are about them, according to new research by Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa in partnership with child rights NGO Save the Children. The country’s two daily newspapers, Times of Swaziland and Swazi Observer, both published MondayContinue reading “Youth voice absent in Swazi media – MISA research”
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”
MISA-Swaziland investigated the level of openness in several Swaziland government departments in 2010 and 2011 2011: Swaziland’s Constitution (2005), within the Rights and Freedoms provisions, guarantees and protects the right to freedom of information. However, the country does not have Access to Information Legislation. This means that the Government and Public Institutions are not obligated toContinue reading “Most Open & Secretive Government Departments in Swaziland 2010-11”