African Commission meets to discuss Access to Information

MISA-Swaziland Statement 18 February 2013 The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) is currently discussing draft Access to Information legislation in Banjul, the capital of west-African country The Gambia, according to a University of Pretoria statement. From 18 to 23 February the human rights commissioners will fine-tune the Model on Access to Information,Continue reading “African Commission meets to discuss Access to Information”

Police clampdown pro-democracy meeting

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 18 February 2013 It was billed as a peaceful, pro-democracy prayer, organised by the Swaziland United Democracy Front and the Swaziland Democracy Campaign. It was to take place on Saturday morning, 16 February 2013 at a Catholic meeting hall in Manzini, the commercial capital of Swaziland, a small kingdom wedged between South AfricaContinue reading “Police clampdown pro-democracy meeting”

TV authority Chairperson fired, no reason given

MISA-Swaziland Alert 14 February 2013 Reports from Mbabane say Dr. Maxwell Mthembu, Chairperson of the Swaziland Television Authority (STVA) has been fired. It appears no reason for the dismissal has been given. Mthembu, a Journalism and Mass Communication lecturer at the University of Swaziland, confirmed to the Swaziland Chapter of the Media Institute of SouthernContinue reading “TV authority Chairperson fired, no reason given”

Magistrate supports journalists’ right to information

MISA-Swaziland Alert 8 February 2013 A magistrate in Swaziland has come to the defence of journalists after they were denied access to court documents. In a Times of Swaziland news article published on Thursday, 7 February 2013, an unnamed journalist reported that “Magistrate Dumisani Mazibuko came to the rescue of journalists when he openly reprimanded a court clerk for refusingContinue reading “Magistrate supports journalists’ right to information”

Banned political party criticizes State newspaper group executive

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 21 January 2013 The Ngwane National Liberatory Congress (NNLC), a banned political party in the kingdom of Swaziland, has spoken out against the managing director of the state-owned Swazi Observer Newspaper Group, Alpheous Nxumalo, for suppressing diverse views and violating the Constitution. In a letter published by the Times of Swaziland, the kingdom’s onlyContinue reading “Banned political party criticizes State newspaper group executive”

Senate president insults journalists, threatens censorship

MISA-Swaziland Alert 20 January 2013 Swaziland Senate president Gelane Zwane has insulted and threatened journalists for turning up to a meeting to which they were invited, according to reports in the Times of Swaziland, the country’s oldest privately-owned newspaper. Zwane, who was in attendance at the meeting, held Thursday, 17 January 2013, to prepare for the openingContinue reading “Senate president insults journalists, threatens censorship”

MISA-Swaziland end of year statement 2012

MISA-Swaziland Statement31 December 2012 MISA Swaziland remains committed to its mandate to promote freedom of expression via a free, independent and pluralistic media.  As we bring down the curtain on 2012, MISA takes this opportunity to take stock of the media sector.    Credit goes to Government for having made progress in media development byContinue reading “MISA-Swaziland end of year statement 2012”

Swaziland still struggling with press freedom – Reporters Without Borders

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 6 January 2013 Swaziland has placed 155th on the Reporters Without Borders 2013 World Press Freedom Index, dropping 11 spots since last year. Reporters Without Borders, a global media watchdog, labeled the small sub-Saharan kingdom as one of “Africa’s predatory censors”. Also earning this tag was Gambia (152on the index), Rwanda (161), EquatorialContinue reading “Swaziland still struggling with press freedom – Reporters Without Borders”

Newspaper apologises after public outcry

MISA-Swaziland Statement 4 January 2013 The Times of Swaziland Sunday, a weekly tabloid, has apologised for publishing a photo of a naked diplomat and unethically revealing her identity. The photo was published on 27 January 2013, accompanying a story about a London-based Swazi diplomat and her former Zimbabwean boyfriend. The former boyfriend – who hasContinue reading “Newspaper apologises after public outcry”

Times of Swaziland says ‘Free the airwaves’ – MISA Swaziland agrees

MISA-Swaziland Statement 18 December 2012 Swaziland’s only privately-owned newspaper has called for the liberalisation of the Kingdom’s radio airwaves. In an editorial titled ‘Free the airwaves’, the Times of Swaziland notes that radio is the dominant medium of communication in Africa, yet in Swaziland – a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa bordered by SouthContinue reading “Times of Swaziland says ‘Free the airwaves’ – MISA Swaziland agrees”