‘Judiciary can make positive contribution to press freedom’, says Dr Fidelis Kanyongolo

“In the defamation laws of most countries, a court will not find a person or organisation that is sued for defamation liable if he, she or it proves that the alleged defamation was true in fact.” – Dr Fidelis Kanyongolo Mbabane, Swaziland, 2015 On May 3 2015, to mark World Press Freedom Day, Swaziland’s MediaContinue reading “‘Judiciary can make positive contribution to press freedom’, says Dr Fidelis Kanyongolo”

Swazi govt maintains tight grip on national broadcasters

MISA-Swaziland | Media AlertAugust 26 2014 Swaziland minister for information, communication and technology Dumisani Ndlangamandla said the national TV and radio stations are primarily there to serve the interests of the state, reported daily newspaper Times of Swaziland last week.  The national television station, Swazi TV, and the national radio station, SBIS, are both controlled byContinue reading “Swazi govt maintains tight grip on national broadcasters”

MISA condemns 2-year prison sentence for Swazi editor and human rights lawyer; expresses grave concern for the state of free expression and media freedom in Swaziland

MISA-Regional | Statement July 28 2014 28 JULY 2014, WINDHOEK NAMIBIA – The Regional Governing Council of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is outraged and deeply saddened by the unreasonable sentencing of editor of The Nation Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko to two years in prison, without the option of aContinue reading “MISA condemns 2-year prison sentence for Swazi editor and human rights lawyer; expresses grave concern for the state of free expression and media freedom in Swaziland”

So this is democracy? Media freedom in Swaziland continues to come under threat in 2013

MISA-Swaziland’s Annual Statement on the Media for 2013 This article forms part of the Media Institute of Southern Africa’s report on the state of media freedom in the region in 2013 — So this is Democracy? To read this article in PDF click here and to read the regional overview click here In Swaziland, 2013 sawContinue reading “So this is democracy? Media freedom in Swaziland continues to come under threat in 2013”

Draconian laws will never suppress a people’s desire for free expression, the press is here to stay – Swazi Observer

MISA-Swaziland | Alert June 25 2014 The editorial in yesterday’s Swazi Observer agrees with South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa that the media must annoy and challenge the leaders of a country, while also reporting in a fair and balanced manner.  “Africa direly needs politicians who will acknowledge the role of the press instead ofContinue reading “Draconian laws will never suppress a people’s desire for free expression, the press is here to stay – Swazi Observer”

MISA-Swaziland hosting World Press Freedom Day event on Friday 9 May

Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa is hosting an event to mark World Press Freedom Day this coming Friday 9 May. World Press Freedom Day, which was officially on May 3, is a day to reflect on the progress towards free speech and media freedom. It offers an opportunity to come together to discuss theContinue reading “MISA-Swaziland hosting World Press Freedom Day event on Friday 9 May”

‘Stop treating us like children’ – lawyer dresses down judge in Swaziland’s high court

MISA-Swaziland | Alert April 11 2014 A prominent human rights lawyer in Swaziland, who is currently detained behind bars for writing an opinion piece questioning the independence of the country’s judiciary, dressed down a high court judge yesterday, telling the judge to stop treating him like a child. “We have lawyers, why can’t you takeContinue reading “‘Stop treating us like children’ – lawyer dresses down judge in Swaziland’s high court”

Is the Swazi broadcast media following the story of the jailed journalist and human rights lawyer?

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 26 2014 A journalist and a human rights lawyer are currently detained in prison in Swaziland, a small country in sub-Saharan Africa. Editor of The Nation magazine Bheki Makhubu and lawyer Thulani Maseko are facing contempt of court charges for writing articles questioning Swaziland’s justice system. Specifically, the two made comments on theContinue reading “Is the Swazi broadcast media following the story of the jailed journalist and human rights lawyer?”

STATEMENT: MISA condemns arrest of Swazi lawyer and journalist

MISA-Regional | Statement March 19 2014 19 MARCH 2014, WINDHOEK NAMIBIA – The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) condemns the arrest, detention and unconstitutional closed hearing of prominent human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko and Nation magazine editor, Bheki Makhubu in Swaziland. Maseko, a senior member of Lawyers for Human Rights Swaziland, was arrested in his law firmContinue reading “STATEMENT: MISA condemns arrest of Swazi lawyer and journalist”