MISA listens to students, trains journalists

Are young people included in the Swazi media? How does the media depict children, students, teenagers? Are young people merely spoken about? or are their voices properly captured by reporters? What do young people think of the media in Swaziland? These are some of the questions posed during a recent project undertaken by Swaziland’s Media Institute ofContinue reading “MISA listens to students, trains journalists”

Times of Swaziland column supports change to Suppression of Terrorism Act

MISA-Swaziland Alert 25 June 2013 An anonymous column in Swaziland’s only privately owned newspaper, Times of Swaziland, has supported the move by the government to amend the controversial Suppression of Terrorism Act. The column, ‘MR REF’, is a daily feature of Times of Swaziland’s comment and letters page. Each day MR REF considers three topical issues and willContinue reading “Times of Swaziland column supports change to Suppression of Terrorism Act”

Communications legislation passes parliament

MISA-Swaziland Alert 24 June 2013 Two pieces of communications legislation passed Swaziland’s parliament last week. Local media on June 24 2013 reported the Swaziland Communications Bill 2010 and the Electronics Communications Bill 2009 are now on their way to head of state King Mswati III to receive royal assent. “Last Thursday marked what many viewedContinue reading “Communications legislation passes parliament”

Students meet the media in Swaziland

The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland, in partnership with Save the Children is running a training and research program on young people and the media. On Wednesday 19 June, MISA held a training session on ‘ethical reporting of children’ and arranged for three journalists to hear the thoughts of a group of SwaziContinue reading “Students meet the media in Swaziland”

Radio advert pulled off air

MISA-Swaziland Alert 17 June 2013 Swaziland’s national radio station has pulled a “sexist” and “offensive” advertisement off the air, according to local media reports. “The advert, which has been running on the national radio for over a month, was removed after authorities realised it would set a bad precedent despite numerous campaigns by government andContinue reading “Radio advert pulled off air”

Human rights too expensive in Swaziland: MISA advocacy officer

“A Swaziland worthy of first-world status can only be facilitated by a people who are patriotic to their country and honest to the sufferings of the nation.” Phakama Shili, advocacy officer at Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), writes a weekly column called Constitutionally Speaking about human rights and democracy for the daily newspaper Swazi Observer.  SwazisContinue reading “Human rights too expensive in Swaziland: MISA advocacy officer”

Media not free in Swaziland, says human rights researcher

MISA-Swaziland e-Forum article Charlotte Winberg, a Masters student at University of Pretoria’s Human Rights Centre, spent a week in Swaziland in April 2013. She spoke with a range of people and organisations, including the Media Institute of Southern Africa, about media freedom and human rights. Below are her observations  Despite freedom of expression being ensured in Swaziland’s 2005 Constitution, there areContinue reading “Media not free in Swaziland, says human rights researcher”

PM says ministers must respond to petitions–MISA agrees

MISA-Swaziland Alert 5 June 2013 Swaziland’s Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini said he respects when petitions are delivered to government ministries, according to the Swazi Observer on May 31 2013. The newspaper reported the PM as saying “those responsible for the petitions had a responsibility to act and respond to the petitions”. On May 3Continue reading “PM says ministers must respond to petitions–MISA agrees”

Minister happy with media freedom debate, wants more transparency–media report

MISA-Swaziland Alert 5 June 2013 Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Winnie Magagula, says transparency and ethical guidelines can help create a more professional media sector, according to a report in Swazi Observer on May 31 2013. Rogers Mamba, a fellow minster, delivered an address on behalf of Magagula at a recent meeting between editorsContinue reading “Minister happy with media freedom debate, wants more transparency–media report”

Swaziland respects press freedom, but nothing negative on radio–PM

MISA-Swaziland Alert 5 June 2013 “Newspapers can write what they like even about me or parliament.” These are the words attributed to Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini at a meeting with editors on Thursday May 30, 2013, as reported in daily newspaper Swazi Observer. However, in a related article about the meeting between the PMContinue reading “Swaziland respects press freedom, but nothing negative on radio–PM”