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”

Journalists kicked out of airport opening – no accreditation

MISA-Swaziland | AlertMarch 10 2014 Swaziland unveiled a new airport last week. News agency AFP said the $280-million airport is “years away from being operational and has been dubbed a ‘white elephant’ by critics”. Local media in Swaziland, which rarely questions or directly criticises the ruling monarchy, reported that “numerous members of the public posing asContinue reading “Journalists kicked out of airport opening – no accreditation”

MISA joins campaign to free detained Al Jazeera journalists

MISA-Regional | Statement February 10 2014 The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has joined journalists, activists and civil society organisations from all over the world in calling for the release of three Al Jazeera journalists currently detained in Egypt. The three journalists – Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed – have been detainedContinue reading “MISA joins campaign to free detained Al Jazeera journalists”

Are you free to speak and meet in Swaziland?

MISA-Swaziland Alert September 18 2013 In August 2013 the leader of Swaziland, King Mswati III, said citizens should exercise their constitutional right to freedom of speech and freedom of association. Speaking at a ceremony for Swaziland’s police force, the monarch told people not to fear police and to speak your mind. Section 24 of Swaziland’sContinue reading “Are you free to speak and meet in Swaziland?”

Freedom found wanting in Swazi media as economy continues downward slide

MISA-Swaziland Alert September 18 2013 Chatham House, a London-based international affairs think-tank, has released a new report on Swaziland, a small southern African country wedged between South Africa and Mozambique. The 42-page analysis, ‘Swaziland: Southern Africa’s Forgotten Crisis,’ says: “The right to freedom of expression in the constitution does not include the right of access to information.Continue reading “Freedom found wanting in Swazi media as economy continues downward slide”

MISA-Malawi calls for arrest of parliamentary security officer

Media Institute of Southern Africa, Regional Office, Namibia Statement, 31 May 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa’s (MISA) Malawi Chapter is calling upon the National Assembly and the Police to act on Parliamentary Chief Security Officer, Youngson Chilinda, for assaulting Photojournalist Thoko Chikondi. Chilinda allegedly assaulted Chikondi, a photojournalist from one of the country’s majorContinue reading “MISA-Malawi calls for arrest of parliamentary security officer”