Swazi journalist to spend Christmas in jail after judge denies bail‏

MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert December 6 2014 Respected journalist Bheki Makhubu was refused bail by controversial judge Mpendulo Simelane at Swaziland’s High Court on December 5 2014. “I find that the applicant has woefully failed to convincingly establish the requisite exceptional circumstances to warrant his release on bail pending appeal,” said Simelane reading his rulingContinue reading “Swazi journalist to spend Christmas in jail after judge denies bail‏”

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”

‘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”

Continued incarceration for respected journalist and lawyer

MISA-Swaziland | Alert April 15 2014 Another week in jail for journalist Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko. High Court judge Mpendulo Simelane refuses to remove himself from the case. Defence lawyers argued that Simelane cannot be objective because he is a subject of criticism in the opinion articles that have landed Makhubu and Maseko inContinue reading “Continued incarceration for respected journalist and lawyer”

‘Stop treating us like children’ – lawyer dresses down judge in Swaziland’s high court

MISA-Swaziland | Alert April 11 2014 A prominent human rights lawyer in Swaziland, who is currently detained behind bars for writing an opinion piece questioning the independence of the country’s judiciary, dressed down a high court judge yesterday, telling the judge to stop treating him like a child. “We have lawyers, why can’t you takeContinue reading “‘Stop treating us like children’ – lawyer dresses down judge in Swaziland’s high court”

‘Accused persons, stand up accused persons’ – Swazi judge orders more detention for journalist and human rights lawyer

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 28 2014 “Accused persons, stand up accused persons. You will further remain in custody until April 9th.” These were the parting words of Swaziland high court judge Mpendulo Simelane as he ordered journalist Bheki Makhubu and prominent human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko back into detention for another seven days. Before the hearingContinue reading “‘Accused persons, stand up accused persons’ – Swazi judge orders more detention for journalist and human rights lawyer”