Times of Swaziland column supports change to Suppression of Terrorism Act

MISA-Swaziland Alert 25 June 2013 An anonymous column in Swaziland’s only privately owned newspaper, Times of Swaziland, has supported the move by the government to amend the controversial Suppression of Terrorism Act. The column, ‘MR REF’, is a daily feature of Times of Swaziland’s comment and letters page. Each day MR REF considers three topical issues and willContinue reading “Times of Swaziland column supports change to Suppression of Terrorism Act”

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 isContinue reading “PRESS RELEASE: Swaziland civil society campaign to restore democracy”

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 areContinue reading “Media not free in Swaziland, says human rights researcher”

PM says ministers must respond to petitions–MISA agrees

MISA-Swaziland Alert 5 June 2013 Swaziland’s Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini said he respects when petitions are delivered to government ministries, according to the Swazi Observer on May 31 2013. The newspaper reported the PM as saying “those responsible for the petitions had a responsibility to act and respond to the petitions”. On May 3Continue reading “PM says ministers must respond to petitions–MISA agrees”

Swaziland respects press freedom, but nothing negative on radio–PM

MISA-Swaziland Alert 5 June 2013 “Newspapers can write what they like even about me or parliament.” These are the words attributed to Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini at a meeting with editors on Thursday May 30, 2013, as reported in daily newspaper Swazi Observer. However, in a related article about the meeting between the PMContinue reading “Swaziland respects press freedom, but nothing negative on radio–PM”

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 honourContinue reading “Food for votes poisons democracy”

Can community radio help create a more equal society?

e-Forum article By MISA-Swaziland 31 May 2013 Community radio doesn’t exist in Swaziland. For over ten years, however, efforts have been made by a group of resilient people to bring this form of localised media to life. Board members from Swaziland’s Community Radio Network (CRN), a lobby group funded by NGOs, gathered at the UniversityContinue reading “Can community radio help create a more equal society?”

Sight no barrier to rights: Constitution now available in braille

MISA-Swaziland Alert 24 May 2013  Blind and visually impaired people can now read the constitution after a braille version of the national document was released last Tuesday, May 14 2013, according to reports in the Swazi Observer on Wednesday 15 May, 2013. Thirty copies of the new brailed constitution were handed over to the associationContinue reading “Sight no barrier to rights: Constitution now available in braille”

MISA helps generate debate on women’s rights

As part of an election coverage training program, the Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland, in partnership with human rights organisation COSPE, took five journalists into the field to ask women about the upcoming national vote, as well as many other topics… What rights do women have when mourning a loved one? Should theyContinue reading “MISA helps generate debate on women’s rights”

MISA training journalists on election coverage

The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland (MISA-Swaziland), an NGO that promotes freedom of speech, is working with human rights organisation COSPE to train journalists on election coverage in the lead up to national vote, scheduled for August 2013. The training will encourage the participating journalists to seek out the human stories and to report these stories accuratelyContinue reading “MISA training journalists on election coverage”