Times of Swaziland editor sacked for ‘breaching company policy’, says Swazi Observer

Maqhawe Nxumalo, news editor at Swaziland’s only independently-owned newspaper Times of Swaziland, has been fired. Rival daily newspaper, Swazi Observer, reported yesterday: “Nxumalo, who was serving suspension for about two months, was fired after being found guilty of breaching company policy.” The Swazi Observer also reports on some of the reasons for the sacking. “Some of theContinue reading “Times of Swaziland editor sacked for ‘breaching company policy’, says Swazi Observer”

Freedom found wanting in Swazi media as economy continues downward slide

MISA-Swaziland Alert September 18 2013 Chatham House, a London-based international affairs think-tank, has released a new report on Swaziland, a small southern African country wedged between South Africa and Mozambique. The 42-page analysis, ‘Swaziland: Southern Africa’s Forgotten Crisis,’ says: “The right to freedom of expression in the constitution does not include the right of access to information.Continue reading “Freedom found wanting in Swazi media as economy continues downward slide”

Youth voice absent in Swazi media – MISA research

Children and young people’s voices in Swaziland’s media are heard in only 8 percent of the stories that are about them, according to new research by Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa in partnership with child rights NGO Save the Children. The country’s two daily newspapers, Times of Swaziland and Swazi Observer, both published MondayContinue reading “Youth voice absent in Swazi media – MISA research”

The role of the media during elections

“Free and unfettered inquiry is the foundation upon which our first world status will be built.” Phakama Shili, advocacy officer at Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), writes a weekly column for Swazi Observer. The column, ‘Constitutionally Speaking’, considers human rights and the quest for democracy in Swaziland. Read on for this week’s article on the role ofContinue reading “The role of the media during elections”

Media complaints ombudsman thanks MISA for support

MISA-Swaziland Alert 25 June 2013 Swaziland’s media complaint’s ombudsman, Jabu Matsebula, has thanked the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and UNESCO for assisting the Media Complaints Commission (MCC) during its first three months of operation. Matsebula, who is also secretary general of Swaziland’s editors forum (SEF), expressed gratitude for the support MISA has given to the MCC, whileContinue reading “Media complaints ombudsman thanks MISA for support”

Stakeholders of Swaziland’s Media Complaints Commission

MISA-Swaziland e-Forum article The following document was produced by Mr Jabu Matsebula, Ombudsman of Swaziland’s Media Complaints Commission  The Media Complaints Commission (MCC) Charter recognizes the following stakeholders: Media stakeholders involved in the development and elaboration of the MCC and its institutional structures agreed that it should be formed exclusively of institutions that have a directContinue reading “Stakeholders of Swaziland’s Media Complaints Commission”

First 3 months of media complaints commission in Swaziland: progress and challenges

MISA-Swaziland e-Forum article The following document was produced by Mr Jabu Matsebula, Ombudsman of Swaziland’s Media Complaints Commission  Progress so far Since the Ombudsman assumed office, the newspapers have made significant efforts to improve the quality of their content and its accuracy. In addition, they have ensured that minimum complaints are kept at a minimum, andContinue reading “First 3 months of media complaints commission in Swaziland: progress and challenges”

The code and scope of Swaziland’s media complaints commission

MISA-Swaziland e-Forum article The following document was produced by Mr Jabu Matsebula, Ombudsman of Swaziland’s Media Complaints Commission  Professional code The MCC is mandated with implementing the Swaziland Journalists Code of Ethics.  The code was developed collaboratively and endorsed by the Swaziland Editors Forum and the Swaziland National Association of Journalists in 2006. It is the commonContinue reading “The code and scope of Swaziland’s media complaints commission”

Journalist punished by editor, spends night in office

MISA-Swaziland Alert Tuesday, 4 June 2013 The Swazi Observer, a daily newspaper, reports on June 4 2013 that a journalist at the rival daily Times of Swaziland “spent a night in the newsroom as a form of punishment by his supervisor”. Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), a press freedom NGO, has spoken toContinue reading “Journalist punished by editor, spends night in office”

MISA-Angola swears in new board

Media Institute of Southern Africa, Regional Office, Namibia Communiqué, 29 May 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Angola Chapter has sworn into office new members of its governing structures, which will be headed up by freelance journalist Alexandre Neto Solombe. The ceremony, held in the amphitheatre of the journalists’ training centre, CEFOJOR, inContinue reading “MISA-Angola swears in new board”