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”

Shining a light on Swaziland’s dubious radio deal

MISA-Swaziland Alert 4 June 2013 The Nation, Swaziland’s independent monthly magazine, is asking how the government granted a broadcasting company a commercial radio licence when it is unclear whether enabling legislation exists to allow such a deal. In the June 2013 edition, Nimrod Mabuza, assistant editor and reporter for The Nation, says Africa Unite FMContinue reading “Shining a light on Swaziland’s dubious radio deal”

So This Is Democracy? Swaziland’s media in 2012

MISA-Swaziland’s Annual Statement on the Media Written in February 2013 INTRODUCTION The more things change, the more they stay the same. This proverb aptly describes the unchanged media environment in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Nothing has changed in the seven years since the adoption of a new Constitution in 2005. Section 24 of the ConstitutionContinue reading “So This Is Democracy? Swaziland’s media in 2012”

Broadcasting legislation enters Swazi parliament – good news or bad?

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 7 March 2013 Minister of information, communication and technology, Winnie Magagula, tabled the Swaziland Broadcasting Bill 2013 and the Swaziland Broadcasting Corporation Bill 2013 in the Senate on Wednesday 6 March. The Bills are now expected be discussed by parliamentary committees who, it is understood, will seek consultation from anyone interested in theContinue reading “Broadcasting legislation enters Swazi parliament – good news or bad?”

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”

MISA-Swaziland end of year statement 2012

MISA-Swaziland Statement31 December 2012 MISA Swaziland remains committed to its mandate to promote freedom of expression via a free, independent and pluralistic media.  As we bring down the curtain on 2012, MISA takes this opportunity to take stock of the media sector.    Credit goes to Government for having made progress in media development byContinue reading “MISA-Swaziland end of year statement 2012”