‘We are now on the verge of becoming political pariahs on our own continent’ — Times of Swaziland echoes election concerns
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‘We are now on the verge of becoming political pariahs on our own continent’ — Times of Swaziland echoes election concerns

MISA-Swaziland | Alert September 26 2013 Swaziland’s only independently-owned newspaper has echoed the concerns of election observers, suggesting that the country is “far behind the curve when it comes to our political structure”. In its editorial on September 24, four days after the national election, the Times of Swaziland said the Southern African Development Community (SADC) … Continue reading

Governing starts with the people
Constitutionally Speaking / Media Alert

Governing starts with the people

In theory, when a citizen votes for a parliamentary representative, that representative is meant to embody the will of the person who voted for him or her.  Phakama Shili, advocacy officer at Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), writes a weekly column for the Swazi Observer. The column, ‘Constitutionally Speaking’, considers human rights and the quest for democracy in … Continue reading

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Statement: PUDEMO calls for multiparty democracy in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland e-Forum article The below is a statement issued by Peoples United Democratic Movement (PUDEMO). It appears here in MISA-Swaziland’s e-Forum. The e-Forum is an ‘online space’ for news and information on Swaziland’s civil society and NGO sector, and for more general news and information on media freedom. The e-Forum is a practical expression of MISA-Swaziland’s mission to promote free speech and access to information.  PUDEMO … Continue reading

Human rights too expensive in Swaziland: MISA advocacy officer
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Human rights too expensive in Swaziland: MISA advocacy officer

“A Swaziland worthy of first-world status can only be facilitated by a people who are patriotic to their country and honest to the sufferings of the nation.” Phakama Shili, advocacy officer at Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), writes a weekly column called Constitutionally Speaking about human rights and democracy for the daily newspaper Swazi Observer.  Swazis … Continue reading

e-Forum / Media Alert

PRESS RELEASE: Swaziland civil society campaign to restore democracy

MISA-Swaziland e-Forum article The below is a press release issued by the Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organizations (SCCCO) and Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF), and appears here in MISA-Swaziland’s e-Forum. The e-Forum is an ‘online space’ for news and information on Swaziland’s civil society and NGO sector, and for more general news and information on media freedom. The e-Forum is … Continue reading

Media not free in Swaziland, says human rights researcher
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Media not free in Swaziland, says human rights researcher

MISA-Swaziland e-Forum article Charlotte Winberg, a Masters student at University of Pretoria’s Human Rights Centre, spent a week in Swaziland in April 2013. She spoke with a range of people and organisations, including the Media Institute of Southern Africa, about media freedom and human rights. Below are her observations  Despite freedom of expression being ensured in Swaziland’s 2005 Constitution, there are … Continue reading

Food for votes poisons democracy
Constitutionally Speaking / Media Alert

Food for votes poisons democracy

Phakama Shili, advocacy officer at Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), writes a weekly column, ‘Constitutionally Speaking’, about human rights and democracy for the daily newspaper Swazi Observer.  The article below appeared in the Swazi Observer on May 30 2013. You will find all of Phakama’s ‘Constitutionally Speaking’  articles when you click here.  It is an honour … Continue reading