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”

King saves journalists after scuffle breaks out

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 4 2014 Local media reported that King Mswati III, Swaziland’s ruler since 1986, told security officials to stop harassing journalists during a traditional festival. “His Majesty the King came to the rescue of journalists who were covering the marula festival at Hlane after they were occasionally harassed by security officials,” reportedContinue reading “King saves journalists after scuffle breaks out”

We are entering an ‘abyss of despair’ – Times of Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland | Alert February 21 2014 The Times of Swaziland, the kingdom’s only privately owned daily newspaper, says the country’s economy has recovered from an “economic nightmare” but still faces challenges. “As with all recovery periods it cannot be expected to immediately flex its financial muscle, at least not until it has been determined thatContinue reading “We are entering an ‘abyss of despair’ – Times of Swaziland”

Editor of new newspaper speaks to MISA-Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland Alert Monday 21 October, 2013 Swaziland has a new Sunday newspaper — the Sunday Observer. It is published by the Swazi Observer Group of Newspapers, which is owned by an investment fund called Tibiyo Taka Ngwane. This fund is controlled by King Mswati III “in trust for the Swazi nation”. The first edition appeared yesterday, SundayContinue reading “Editor of new newspaper speaks to MISA-Swaziland”

Swaziland has a new newspaper – the ‘Sunday Observer’

MISA-Swaziland Alert Monday 21 October, 2013 The Swazi Observer Group of Newspapers has a new publication, the Sunday Observer.  The weekly newspaper first appeared yesterday, Sunday 20 October, 2013, leading with a front page story on newly-elected MP Jan Sithole, a long-standing democracy activist. The headline read: “Changing the system from within: CAN JAN WORK?”Continue reading “Swaziland has a new newspaper – the ‘Sunday Observer’”

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?”

Communications legislation passes parliament

MISA-Swaziland Alert 24 June 2013 Two pieces of communications legislation passed Swaziland’s parliament last week. Local media on June 24 2013 reported the Swaziland Communications Bill 2010 and the Electronics Communications Bill 2009 are now on their way to head of state King Mswati III to receive royal assent. “Last Thursday marked what many viewedContinue reading “Communications legislation passes parliament”

Suspended editors reinstated

MISA-Swaziland Alert 26 March 2013 The board of directors at the Swazi Observer Newspaper Group have reinstated controversially suspended editors, Alec Lushaba and Thulani Thwala. The reinstatement comes eight months after the pair was suspended by then managing director of the group, Alpheous Nxumalo, for allegedly not following the founding mandate of the newspaper group.Continue reading “Suspended editors reinstated”