Times of Swaziland staff threaten protest, unhappy with management

MISA-Swaziland Alert 28 May 2013 Drivers who deliver Swaziland’s only privately owned newspaper Times of Swaziland have threatened protest action if management doesn’t resolve their grievances. The rival daily newspaper, state-owned Swazi Observer, yesterday reported “drivers have given management until tomorrow to meet their demands or they will bring the company’s operation to a halt”.Continue reading “Times of Swaziland staff threaten protest, unhappy with management”

MISA sets record straight with Swazi Observer editor

MISA-Swaziland letter to the Swazi Observer By Vuyisile Hlatshwayo, MISA-Swaziland National Director Monday 27 May, 2013 In his column IN THE BLUE CORNER (13/05/2013), Swazi Observer managing editor Mbongeni Mbingo branded MISA a brandy in a coke can; a throwback to the premier’s description of Sive Siyinqaba in the 1990s. Undeniably, The Nation is my brainchild.Continue reading “MISA sets record straight with Swazi Observer editor”

MISA applauds launch of African media freedom campaign

Media Institute of Southern Africa, Regional Office, Namibia Statement, 21 May 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) congratulates the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) on the successful launch of a media freedom campaign across the continent. The campaign was launched in Midrand, South Africa on Wednesday, 15 May 2013. MISA welcomes this long-overdue intervention and pledgesContinue reading “MISA applauds launch of African media freedom campaign”

MISA trains journalists in Mambane and Mafutseni

As part of an election coverage training program, the Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland (MISA-Swaziland), in partnership with human rights organisation COSPE, took five journalists into the field to ask women about the upcoming national vote, as well as many other topics… On Tuesday 21 May, MISA-Swaziland and COSPE staff, aided by MaureenContinue reading “MISA trains journalists in Mambane and Mafutseni”

MISA training journalists on election coverage

The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland (MISA-Swaziland), an NGO that promotes freedom of speech, is working with human rights organisation COSPE to train journalists on election coverage in the lead up to national vote, scheduled for August 2013. The training will encourage the participating journalists to seek out the human stories and to report these stories accuratelyContinue reading “MISA training journalists on election coverage”

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”

Editor lodges appeal against conviction

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 23 April 2013  Bheki Makhubu, editor of The Nation magazine, has lodged an appeal against his conviction and sentence. The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) understands the appeal went through late Monday (22 April) and was in time to beat today’s deadline of paying a US$21,500 fine or face two years in prison. TheContinue reading “Editor lodges appeal against conviction”

Support pours in for editor threatened with jail

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 22 April 2013 Support continues to pour in for Bheki Makhubu, an editor in Swaziland who was recently threatened with a two-year jail term for “scandalising the court”. Makhubu was ordered to pay Emlangeni E200,000 (approximately US$21,500) or face two years in prison by Justice Bheki Maphalala last Wednesday, 17 April 2013. MakhubuContinue reading “Support pours in for editor threatened with jail”

Wave of support for embattled Swazi editor

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 22 April 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland (MISA-Swaziland), a press freedom NGO, is encouraged by the number of voices supporting embattled editor Bheki Makhubu, who last week was told by the high court to pay E200,000 ($US21,000) within three days or else go to jail for two years. Makhubu,Continue reading “Wave of support for embattled Swazi editor”

Editors’ forum condemns possible 2-year jail term for scribe

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 18 April 2013 The Southern African Editors’ Forum (SAEF) has condemned a possible two-year jail term or US$20,000 fine imposed on Bheki Makhubu, an editor, by the courts in Swaziland. Makhubu edits one of Swaziland’s few independent sources of news, The Nation magazine, published by Swaziland Independent Publishers. The magazine was found guilty of “contemptContinue reading “Editors’ forum condemns possible 2-year jail term for scribe”