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”

Swazi journalist to spend Christmas in jail after judge denies bail‏

MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert December 6 2014 Respected journalist Bheki Makhubu was refused bail by controversial judge Mpendulo Simelane at Swaziland’s High Court on December 5 2014. “I find that the applicant has woefully failed to convincingly establish the requisite exceptional circumstances to warrant his release on bail pending appeal,” said Simelane reading his rulingContinue reading “Swazi journalist to spend Christmas in jail after judge denies bail‏”

Swazi govt maintains tight grip on national broadcasters

MISA-Swaziland | Media AlertAugust 26 2014 Swaziland minister for information, communication and technology Dumisani Ndlangamandla said the national TV and radio stations are primarily there to serve the interests of the state, reported daily newspaper Times of Swaziland last week.  The national television station, Swazi TV, and the national radio station, SBIS, are both controlled byContinue reading “Swazi govt maintains tight grip on national broadcasters”

Respected Swazi journalist Bheki Makhubu files appeal against 2 year jail term for criminal contempt of court conviction

MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert August 18 2014 In the appeal papers, according to local media, lawyers for Makhubu say judge Mpendulo Simelane erred on several matters when convicting the editor of The Nation magazine. The appeal, according to the Sunday Observer, also touches on the silencing of critical voices in the kingdom as well asContinue reading “Respected Swazi journalist Bheki Makhubu files appeal against 2 year jail term for criminal contempt of court conviction”

Swazi prime minister tells MPs ‘to strangle union leaders when they return from the US’, reports local media

MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert August 7 2014 “Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini has called for the strangulation of workers union leaders who went to Washington under the pretext of going to save AGOA,” reports the Times of Swaziland. Click here to read the full report The competing daily Swazi Observer also reported on the matter however saidContinue reading “Swazi prime minister tells MPs ‘to strangle union leaders when they return from the US’, reports local media”

‘Friends of the Nation’ can now help: Embattled Swazi magazine sets up legal assistance fund as court saga continues

MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert August 5 2014 A monthly magazine in Swaziland is appealing for support as it continues to battle its way through the courts in a case that has drawn attention to the lack of free speech in the landlocked nation in southern Africa. The Nation magazine, published by Swaziland Independent Publishers PtyContinue reading “‘Friends of the Nation’ can now help: Embattled Swazi magazine sets up legal assistance fund as court saga continues”

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”

‘Black Friday for Journalism’ in Swaziland: ‘Explosive’ and ‘hostile’ judge sends Swazi editor and lawyer to jail for 2 years, reports local media

MISA-Swaziland | Alert July 26 2014 “An explosive and hostile Judge Mpendulo Simelane sentenced The Nation magazine editor Bheki Makhubu and columnist and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko to two years imprisonment without an option of a fine yesterday, sending shock waves to media practitioners locally and internationally,” reports today’s edition of weekly newspaper ObserverContinue reading “‘Black Friday for Journalism’ in Swaziland: ‘Explosive’ and ‘hostile’ judge sends Swazi editor and lawyer to jail for 2 years, reports local media”

Conviction of Swazi journalist and lawyer a ‘travesty of justice’ – MISA

MISA-Regional | Statement July 18 2014 WINDHOEK NAMIBIA – The Regional Governing Council (RGC) of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) have labeled the conviction of prominent human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and The Nation magazine editor Bheki Makhubu on contempt of court charges a travesty of justice. MISA APPALLED MISA-Swaziland Director Vuyisile Hlatshwayo condemned the conviction.Continue reading “Conviction of Swazi journalist and lawyer a ‘travesty of justice’ – MISA”

Trial of jailed Swazi editor and lawyer comes to an end – no date set for ruling

MISA-Swaziland | Alert July 4 2014 “The marathon trial of The Nation magazine editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko ended yesterday, nearly 115 days after their first arrest,” reported the Times of Swaziland. Makhubu and Maseko have been in jail for 106 days as the trial played out. Both men were chargedContinue reading “Trial of jailed Swazi editor and lawyer comes to an end – no date set for ruling”