Most Open & Secretive Government Departments in Swaziland 2010-11

MISA-Swaziland investigated the level of openness in several Swaziland government departments in 2010 and 2011 2011: Swaziland’s Constitution (2005), within the Rights and Freedoms provisions, guarantees and protects the right to freedom of information. However, the country does not have Access to Information Legislation. This means that the Government and Public Institutions are not obligated toContinue reading “Most Open & Secretive Government Departments in Swaziland 2010-11”

African Media Barometer, 2005-2009

Every two years a panel of media and civil society representatives assess the media landscape using an African-specific measurement system, the African Media Barometer (AMB). 2009: Freedom of expression and of the media are guaranteed in the Swaziland Constitution, which came into effect on 8 February 2006. However, the constitution includes claw-back clauses that take away the rights toContinue reading “African Media Barometer, 2005-2009”

Political Reporting in Swaziland, 2007

A typical political story in the Swazi media was a basic event description, reported by a male journalist, containing one male government source, and, if biased, favoured government. Coverage of government and political issues was largely superficial and uncritical and captured a limited range of views and voices. The breadth of content in political coverageContinue reading “Political Reporting in Swaziland, 2007”

Evaluation of State Broadcasting in Swaziland, 2006

The State has control over the two national broadcasters, Swazi TV and SBIS (radio). The playing field is still not level as there are no community radio stations neither are there privately owned radio stations save for the Christian radio station, the Voice of the Church which is a franchise of Transworld Radio. One of the major hindrances regardingContinue reading “Evaluation of State Broadcasting in Swaziland, 2006”

Analysis of Swazi Media, 2006

The study was broken into several topics. The finding were as follows… The ‘news diet’ (the variety of news content) is limited for two reasons: News content was dominated by one topic – national politics. The dominance of national politics prompts a pertinent question – is it the dominating topic because it ought to be,Continue reading “Analysis of Swazi Media, 2006”

Media in Africa: 20 years after the Windhoek Declaration on press freedom

The Windhoek Declaration was agreed upon at a UN-sponsored seminar, ‘Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press’, held in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, in 1991. It was later endorsed by the UNESCO general conference. The Declaration defines an independent press as that which is ‘independent from governmental, political or economic control or from control of materials andContinue reading “Media in Africa: 20 years after the Windhoek Declaration on press freedom”

National Overview of Swaziland’s Media 2011

The year under review has been fraught with many challenges for the mass media in Swaziland. Court orders were issued to try and censor the media, journalists were harassed and a newspaper was threatened with closure. Censorship of the media reared its ugly head when the Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi ordered the privately-owned Times of Swaziland to stop publishingContinue reading “National Overview of Swaziland’s Media 2011”

Coverage of Democracy in the Swazi Press

Research project, 2011 This study sought to analyse the extent to which the Swazi press are able to encourage good governance and contribute to the realisation of democracy. Most reporting was found wanting. In the daily newspapers, the dominance of uncritical, event-based reporting that was over-reliant on government voices put the agenda-setting power firmly in the hands ofContinue reading “Coverage of Democracy in the Swazi Press”