Swazi Journalism and the ‘Muslim Threat’, 2008

This paper reports the findings of a research project undertaken in Swaziland (a small kingdom in southern Africa) that interrogates the way in which the press frames Muslims and Islam as a threat to the state and to ordinary people. It begins by analysing three recent stories regarding Muslims:

  • The perception that Muslims were to blame for the changing of the Swaziland constitution.
  • A report that Muslims were enticing university students to convert to Islam in return for scholarships.
  • A public symposium run on the subject of Islam.

It concludes that Swazi newspapers frame Muslims as warlike people who are plotting against the kingdom and who pose a threat to Swazi culture. Islam is also depicted as a religion inferior to Christianity.

By Dr Richard Rooney

Read the full report here

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