MISA-Swaziland welcomes release of Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko after 15 months in jail

Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland) welcomes the release of editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko. The two were acquitted by the Supreme Court of Swaziland yesterday, 30 June 2015, after serving a year in jail in an unprecedented case which has seen the tiny kingdom drawing attention from several regionalContinue reading “MISA-Swaziland welcomes release of Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko after 15 months in jail”

‘Human rights belong to everyone – 365 days of the year’, says MISA on Human Rights Day 2014

10 DECEMBER 2014, WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA – The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) today joins human rights advocates and citizens around the world in celebrating Human Rights Day. December 10 is an occasion to celebrate human rights victories over the past year and to focus attention and pressure on our governments to address human rightsContinue reading “‘Human rights belong to everyone – 365 days of the year’, says MISA on Human Rights Day 2014”

MISA condemns 2-year prison sentence for Swazi editor and human rights lawyer; expresses grave concern for the state of free expression and media freedom in Swaziland

MISA-Regional | Statement July 28 2014 28 JULY 2014, WINDHOEK NAMIBIA – The Regional Governing Council of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is outraged and deeply saddened by the unreasonable sentencing of editor of The Nation Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko to two years in prison, without the option of aContinue reading “MISA condemns 2-year prison sentence for Swazi editor and human rights lawyer; expresses grave concern for the state of free expression and media freedom in Swaziland”

So this is democracy? Media freedom in Swaziland continues to come under threat in 2013

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”

Statement: African Platform on Access to Information (APAI)

MISA-Regional | Statement March 11 2014 Statement Issued by the Working Group of the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) at the end of its Meeting held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on March 5 & 6, 2014 The Working Group of the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) met in Johannesburg, South Africa,Continue reading “Statement: African Platform on Access to Information (APAI)”

African freedom of expression organisations demand safety of journalists on the continent

MISA-Regional | Statement February 6 2014 The newly established freedom of expression network, African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX) has deplored the current state of attacks, arrests, detentions, incarcerations and harassments meted out to journalists while on their job in many countries on the continent. The network specifically notes the troubling conditions in Eritrea, Ethiopia,Continue reading “African freedom of expression organisations demand safety of journalists on the continent”

MISA and Save the Children to host regional awards in Zambia

MISA Statement Wednesday 27 November, 2013 On Friday 29 November 2013, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and Save the Children International will host the second annual Regional Children’s Reporting Awards at 1800hrs at the Taj Pamodzi hotelin Lusaka, Zambia. MISA Regional Director, Ms Zoe Titus, said “the aim of the awards is toContinue reading “MISA and Save the Children to host regional awards in Zambia”

MISA works with electoral management bodies to improve communication during elections

MISA-Regional Statement 31 OCTOBER 2013, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — On 1 November 2013, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) will partner with the media project of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Africa (fesmedia Africa), the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Electoral Commissions Forum of SADC (ECF-SADC) to deliver a workshop with SADC electoral managementContinue reading “MISA works with electoral management bodies to improve communication during elections”

MISA welcomes police apology, calls for more openness between media and police

MISA-Swaziland Statement October 3 2013 In the wake of police attacks on working journalists, MISA Swaziland jointly with the Swaziland Editors Forum (SEF) on Monday met National Police Commissioner, Isaac Magagula, at the Royal Swaziland Police Headquarters. Times of Swaziland reporter Sisho Magagula was manhandled and had his pictures deleted from the company camera atContinue reading “MISA welcomes police apology, calls for more openness between media and police”

MISA Statement on Police Harassment in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland Statement October 3 2013 Following the unwarranted police attacks on print media journalists in their line of duty, MISA Swaziland condemns these continued acts of media freedom violation. Two weeks ago, a Hlathikhulu Police Station desk officer manhandled Times of Swaziland reporter, Sisho Magagula, and deleted pictures from his camera while he was onContinue reading “MISA Statement on Police Harassment in Swaziland”