MISA-Swaziland welcomes release of Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko after 15 months in jail

Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland) welcomes the release of editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko. The two were acquitted by the Supreme Court of Swaziland yesterday, 30 June 2015, after serving a year in jail in an unprecedented case which has seen the tiny kingdom drawing attention from several regionalContinue reading “MISA-Swaziland welcomes release of Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko after 15 months in jail”

‘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”

Taking stock of the media in Swaziland – MISA partners with UNESCO on media development research

MISA-Swaziland | Research November 18 2014 The below article was originally published on UNESCO’s In Focus news-site. Freedom of expression was at the heart of discussions at a UNESCO-supported round table on assessing the media landscape in Swaziland, which took place in Mbabane on 30 October. The round table, organized by the Swaziland Chapter ofContinue reading “Taking stock of the media in Swaziland – MISA partners with UNESCO on media development research”

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”

Anti-social or social community? How young people use social media in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland | Research July 9 2014 Nomsa Dlamini (15) is ensconced in a black leather lounge suite, seemingly oblivious to the lively chitchat of her two playful siblings in the spacious living room. Lost in her newfound fantasy world, her nimble thumbs seem to be the ones doing all the talking, deftly punching the tinyContinue reading “Anti-social or social community? How young people use social media in Swaziland”

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”

MISA celebrated radio day

MISA-Regional | Statement February 21 2014 WINDHOEK NAMIBIA – On 13 February 2014, the Media Institute of Southern African (MISA) joins the rest of the world to mark the third annual World Radio Day, and to celebrate radio as a medium and the positive impact it has around the world. The theme of this year’s WorldContinue reading “MISA celebrated radio day”

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”