‘Freedom of expression under siege in Swaziland’ – report

MISA-Swaziland | ResearchAugust 13 2014 A new piece of research by a Masters student at the University of Pretoria says Swazi “citizens cannot freely express themselves on issues involving the government and the monarchy because of fear of being harassed by the authorities”. Kudzani Ndlovu, who is studying at the University’s centre for human rights, completedContinue reading “‘Freedom of expression under siege in Swaziland’ – report”

‘Black Friday for Journalism’ in Swaziland: ‘Explosive’ and ‘hostile’ judge sends Swazi editor and lawyer to jail for 2 years, reports local media

MISA-Swaziland | Alert July 26 2014 “An explosive and hostile Judge Mpendulo Simelane sentenced The Nation magazine editor Bheki Makhubu and columnist and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko to two years imprisonment without an option of a fine yesterday, sending shock waves to media practitioners locally and internationally,” reports today’s edition of weekly newspaper ObserverContinue reading “‘Black Friday for Journalism’ in Swaziland: ‘Explosive’ and ‘hostile’ judge sends Swazi editor and lawyer to jail for 2 years, reports local media”

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”

‘Stop telling us we don’t have equal opportunities’ – Swazi girls want leadership

MISA Swaziland | Training February 20 2013 Girls in Swaziland are yearning for women in positions of power to share knowledge and offer assistance, according to a Swazi Observer article that stemmed from a MISA and COSPE training session on women’s rights. The training was held in Swaziland’s commercial capital Manzini on February 12 2014. InContinue reading “‘Stop telling us we don’t have equal opportunities’ – Swazi girls want leadership”

Cops save journalists in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland | Alert February 10 2014 A mob “virtually abducted” journalists who were trying to take photos of a bus that was involved in a shooting last Friday 7 February. The Times of Swaziland Sunday, a weekly newspaper, says that without the help of local police the journalists would have faced an even more dangerousContinue reading “Cops save journalists in Swaziland”

MISA joins campaign to free detained Al Jazeera journalists

MISA-Regional | Statement February 10 2014 The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has joined journalists, activists and civil society organisations from all over the world in calling for the release of three Al Jazeera journalists currently detained in Egypt. The three journalists – Peter Greste, Mohammed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed – have been detainedContinue reading “MISA joins campaign to free detained Al Jazeera journalists”

MISA-Swaziland runs training session, generates debate on women’s rights

MISA Swaziland | Training February 6 2013 Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), in partnership with human rights NGO COSPE, is running three training sessions for journalists in February on women’s rights. The first session was held yesterday in Mbabane, the capital. Six journalists attended the practical training session, where they are encouraged toContinue reading “MISA-Swaziland runs training session, generates debate on women’s rights”

Be respectful and mindful towards newspapers: Swaziland Editors Forum

MISA-Swaziland e-Forum article By e-Forum contributor Portia Magagula November 15, 2013 MBABANE — Swaziland Editors Forum deputy Martin Dlamini addressed the issue of freedom of expression in the media at a meeting between editors and civil leaders yesterday morning. Dlamini, who is also managing editor of Times of Swaziland, said efforts are made to get as many voices as possible into theContinue reading “Be respectful and mindful towards newspapers: Swaziland Editors Forum”

MISA works with electoral management bodies to improve communication during elections

MISA-Regional Statement 31 OCTOBER 2013, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — On 1 November 2013, the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) will partner with the media project of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Africa (fesmedia Africa), the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Electoral Commissions Forum of SADC (ECF-SADC) to deliver a workshop with SADC electoral managementContinue reading “MISA works with electoral management bodies to improve communication during elections”