Journalist and human rights lawyer held in jail after closed court hearing

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 18 2014 A journalist and a human rights lawyer have been arrested and charged with contempt of court in Swaziland, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarchy. Editor of the The Nation magazine Bheki Makhubu and prominent human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko were both arrested and charged with contempt of court after writing articles in Makhubu’sContinue reading “Journalist and human rights lawyer held in jail after closed court hearing”

Swaziland respects press freedom, but nothing negative on radio–PM

MISA-Swaziland Alert 5 June 2013 “Newspapers can write what they like even about me or parliament.” These are the words attributed to Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini at a meeting with editors on Thursday May 30, 2013, as reported in daily newspaper Swazi Observer. However, in a related article about the meeting between the PMContinue reading “Swaziland respects press freedom, but nothing negative on radio–PM”

‘Newspaper editor threatened with jail amid media crackdown’ — Amnesty International

Amnesty International Statement 19 April 2013 A hefty fine imposed against a newspaper editor convicted of contempt in Swaziland and the authorities’ threat to imprison him are further proof of the southern African kingdom’s increasingly aggressive crackdown on independent media and freedom of expression, Amnesty International said. The Swaziland High Court on Wednesday convicted BhekiContinue reading “‘Newspaper editor threatened with jail amid media crackdown’ — Amnesty International”

Editor lodges appeal against conviction

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 23 April 2013  Bheki Makhubu, editor of The Nation magazine, has lodged an appeal against his conviction and sentence. The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) understands the appeal went through late Monday (22 April) and was in time to beat today’s deadline of paying a US$21,500 fine or face two years in prison. TheContinue reading “Editor lodges appeal against conviction”

Support pours in for editor threatened with jail

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 22 April 2013 Support continues to pour in for Bheki Makhubu, an editor in Swaziland who was recently threatened with a two-year jail term for “scandalising the court”. Makhubu was ordered to pay Emlangeni E200,000 (approximately US$21,500) or face two years in prison by Justice Bheki Maphalala last Wednesday, 17 April 2013. MakhubuContinue reading “Support pours in for editor threatened with jail”

Wave of support for embattled Swazi editor

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 22 April 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland (MISA-Swaziland), a press freedom NGO, is encouraged by the number of voices supporting embattled editor Bheki Makhubu, who last week was told by the high court to pay E200,000 ($US21,000) within three days or else go to jail for two years. Makhubu,Continue reading “Wave of support for embattled Swazi editor”

Editors’ forum condemns possible 2-year jail term for scribe

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 18 April 2013 The Southern African Editors’ Forum (SAEF) has condemned a possible two-year jail term or US$20,000 fine imposed on Bheki Makhubu, an editor, by the courts in Swaziland. Makhubu edits one of Swaziland’s few independent sources of news, The Nation magazine, published by Swaziland Independent Publishers. The magazine was found guilty of “contemptContinue reading “Editors’ forum condemns possible 2-year jail term for scribe”

Editor faces 2 years in jail for criticising judge

MISA-Swaziland Alert 18 April 2013 One of Swaziland’s few independent source of news, The Nation magazine, has been found guilty of “contempt by scandalizing the court” following its publication of two articles in 2009 and 2010 that criticised Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi. Editor of the monthly magazine, Bheki Makhubu, and the its publisher, Swaziland Independent Publishers, wereContinue reading “Editor faces 2 years in jail for criticising judge”