Suspended newspaper executive said to have misused funds

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 28 February 2013 Media reports say Alpheous Nxumalo, the suspended managing director of the Swazi Observer Group of Newspapers, allegedly misused funds during his tenure. Chairperson of the Swazi Observer, Sthofeni Ginindza, suspended Nxumalo on 19 February 2013. On Monday, 25 February 2013 the Times of Swaziland, a privately owned daily newspaper, reported thatContinue reading “Suspended newspaper executive said to have misused funds”

Moves to merge Swaziland’s state-controlled broadcasters

MISA-Swaziland Alert 25 February 2013 Cabinet has approved draft legislation that intends to convert Swaziland’s two state-broadcasters into one national broadcaster, according to local media reports. The Swazi Observer, a state-owned daily, says cabinet passed the Swaziland Broadcasting Corporation Bill 2012 and the Swaziland Broadcasting Bill 2010 on Thursday, 21 February 2013. The Broadcasting CorporationsContinue reading “Moves to merge Swaziland’s state-controlled broadcasters”

Newspaper boss suspended, formerly suspended finance man takes over

MISA-Swaziland Alert 22 February 2013 Media reports say Alpheous Nxumalo, managing director of the State-owned Swazi Observer Group of Newspapers, has been suspended. The Swazi Observer, published by the Swazi Observer Group of Newspapers, on Thursday, 21 February 2013 reported that the Board of Directors gave no reason for Nxumalo’s suspension, only saying more information would be forthcomingContinue reading “Newspaper boss suspended, formerly suspended finance man takes over”

African Commission meets to discuss Access to Information

MISA-Swaziland Statement 18 February 2013 The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) is currently discussing draft Access to Information legislation in Banjul, the capital of west-African country The Gambia, according to a University of Pretoria statement. From 18 to 23 February the human rights commissioners will fine-tune the Model on Access to Information,Continue reading “African Commission meets to discuss Access to Information”

Police clampdown pro-democracy meeting

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 18 February 2013 It was billed as a peaceful, pro-democracy prayer, organised by the Swaziland United Democracy Front and the Swaziland Democracy Campaign. It was to take place on Saturday morning, 16 February 2013 at a Catholic meeting hall in Manzini, the commercial capital of Swaziland, a small kingdom wedged between South AfricaContinue reading “Police clampdown pro-democracy meeting”

TV authority Chairperson fired, no reason given

MISA-Swaziland Alert 14 February 2013 Reports from Mbabane say Dr. Maxwell Mthembu, Chairperson of the Swaziland Television Authority (STVA) has been fired. It appears no reason for the dismissal has been given. Mthembu, a Journalism and Mass Communication lecturer at the University of Swaziland, confirmed to the Swaziland Chapter of the Media Institute of SouthernContinue reading “TV authority Chairperson fired, no reason given”

Newspaper criticised over misleading HIV reporting

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 11 February 2013 Dr Nduduzo Dube, program manager at Swaziland’s AIDS Healthcare Foundation, has written a stinging letter to the Times of Swaziland about its false and sensationalist reporting of HIV and AIDS stories. “I have always noted the negativity with which the local press has handled all the matters that border aroundContinue reading “Newspaper criticised over misleading HIV reporting”

Magistrate supports journalists’ right to information

MISA-Swaziland Alert 8 February 2013 A magistrate in Swaziland has come to the defence of journalists after they were denied access to court documents. In a Times of Swaziland news article published on Thursday, 7 February 2013, an unnamed journalist reported that “Magistrate Dumisani Mazibuko came to the rescue of journalists when he openly reprimanded a court clerk for refusingContinue reading “Magistrate supports journalists’ right to information”

Newspaper introduces socially responsible initiative

MISA-Swaziland Statement 7 February 2013 Swaziland’s only privately owned newspaper, Times of Swaziland, has introduced an initiative aimed at assisting people who are victims of abuse. In the Times on Tuesday 5 February, page ten, there was an article about the alleged rape of a four-year-old. Underneath the article appears an ‘information template’, or ‘contactContinue reading “Newspaper introduces socially responsible initiative”

Banned political party criticizes State newspaper group executive

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 21 January 2013 The Ngwane National Liberatory Congress (NNLC), a banned political party in the kingdom of Swaziland, has spoken out against the managing director of the state-owned Swazi Observer Newspaper Group, Alpheous Nxumalo, for suppressing diverse views and violating the Constitution. In a letter published by the Times of Swaziland, the kingdom’s onlyContinue reading “Banned political party criticizes State newspaper group executive”