Swazi govt maintains tight grip on national broadcasters
Alert / Media Alert

Swazi govt maintains tight grip on national broadcasters

MISA-Swaziland | Media AlertAugust 26 2014 Swaziland minister for information, communication and technology Dumisani Ndlangamandla said the national TV and radio stations are primarily there to serve the interests of the state, reported daily newspaper Times of Swaziland last week.  The national television station, Swazi TV, and the national radio station, SBIS, are both controlled by … Continue reading

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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 and … Continue reading

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Shining a light on Swaziland’s dubious radio deal

MISA-Swaziland Alert 4 June 2013 The Nation, Swaziland’s independent monthly magazine, is asking how the government granted a broadcasting company a commercial radio licence when it is unclear whether enabling legislation exists to allow such a deal. In the June 2013 edition, Nimrod Mabuza, assistant editor and reporter for The Nation, says Africa Unite FM … Continue reading

Media Alert / Statement

Times of Swaziland says ‘Free the airwaves’ – MISA Swaziland agrees

MISA-Swaziland Statement 18 December 2012 Swaziland’s only privately-owned newspaper has called for the liberalisation of the Kingdom’s radio airwaves. In an editorial titled ‘Free the airwaves’, the Times of Swaziland notes that radio is the dominant medium of communication in Africa, yet in Swaziland – a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa bordered by South … Continue reading