Swazi govt maintains tight grip on national broadcasters
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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 by … Continue reading

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Continued incarceration for respected journalist and lawyer

MISA-Swaziland | Alert April 15 2014 Another week in jail for journalist Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko. High Court judge Mpendulo Simelane refuses to remove himself from the case. Defence lawyers argued that Simelane cannot be objective because he is a subject of criticism in the opinion articles that have landed Makhubu and Maseko in … Continue reading

‘Stop treating us like children’ – lawyer dresses down judge in Swaziland’s high court
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‘Stop treating us like children’ – lawyer dresses down judge in Swaziland’s high court

MISA-Swaziland | Alert April 11 2014 A prominent human rights lawyer in Swaziland, who is currently detained behind bars for writing an opinion piece questioning the independence of the country’s judiciary, dressed down a high court judge yesterday, telling the judge to stop treating him like a child. “We have lawyers, why can’t you take … Continue reading

‘Accused persons, stand up accused persons’ – Swazi judge orders more detention for journalist and human rights lawyer
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‘Accused persons, stand up accused persons’ – Swazi judge orders more detention for journalist and human rights lawyer

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 28 2014 “Accused persons, stand up accused persons. You will further remain in custody until April 9th.” These were the parting words of Swaziland high court judge Mpendulo Simelane as he ordered journalist Bheki Makhubu and prominent human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko back into detention for another seven days. Before the hearing … Continue reading

STATEMENT: MISA condemns arrest of Swazi lawyer and journalist
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STATEMENT: MISA condemns arrest of Swazi lawyer and journalist

MISA-Regional | Statement March 19 2014 19 MARCH 2014, WINDHOEK NAMIBIA – The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) condemns the arrest, detention and unconstitutional closed hearing of prominent human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko and Nation magazine editor, Bheki Makhubu in Swaziland. Maseko, a senior member of Lawyers for Human Rights Swaziland, was arrested in his law firm … Continue reading

‘No evidence at all that the applicant is a flight risk’ – Bhantshana gets bail
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‘No evidence at all that the applicant is a flight risk’ – Bhantshana gets bail

MISA-Swaziland | Alert January 24 2014 “This court has a Constitutional duty to dispense justice without fear or favour … Justice must not only be done, it must also be seen to be done.” These are the words of High Court Judge Bheki Maphalala as he granted bail to Swaziland’s chief government vehicle inspector Bhantshana … Continue reading

Editor lodges appeal against conviction
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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. The … Continue reading