Youth voice absent in Swazi media – MISA research
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Youth voice absent in Swazi media – MISA research

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 Monday … Continue reading

So This Is Democracy? Swaziland’s media in 2012
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So This Is Democracy? Swaziland’s media in 2012

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 Constitution … Continue reading

Most Open & Secretive Government Departments in Swaziland 2010-11
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Most Open & Secretive Government Departments in Swaziland 2010-11

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 to … Continue reading

African Media Barometer, 2005-2009
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African Media Barometer, 2005-2009

Every two years a panel of media and civil society representatives assess the media landscape using an African-specific measurement system, the African Media Barometer (AMB). 2009: Freedom of expression and of the media are guaranteed in the Swaziland Constitution, which came into effect on 8 February 2006. However, the constitution includes claw-back clauses that take away the rights to … Continue reading

Times of Swaziland protest coverage, April 2011
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Times of Swaziland protest coverage, April 2011

12 April 2011 — On a day when pro-democracy protesters were taking to the streets in unprecedented numbers to call for democratic governance, the only independent newspaper in the country, the Times of Swaziland, managed to give government almost free reign to spread their propaganda and discredit the protesters. Here is a breakdown of how the Times reported the protest. First we list … Continue reading

Times of Swaziland coverage of HIV/AIDS, September 2010
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Times of Swaziland coverage of HIV/AIDS, September 2010

The most positive feature of the HIV/AIDS coverage during this period was that no story perpetuated stereotypes about people living with HIV/AIDS or about the virus itself. In addition there were no photos of people living with HIV/AIDS that broke confidentiality. However, the most staggering aspect of the HIV/AIDS reporting was the complete absence of the voices of people … Continue reading