It is an open secret that a culture of secrecy still exists within the government and public institutions. As a result, public complaints of lack of access to information held by government and public entities abound.
Children and young people’s voices in Swaziland’s media are heard in only 8 percent of the stories that are about them, according to new research by Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa in partnership with child rights NGO Save the Children. The country’s two daily newspapers, Times of Swaziland and Swazi Observer, both published MondayContinue reading “Youth voice absent in Swazi media – MISA research”
12 April 2011 — On a day when pro-democracy protesters were taking to the streets in unprecedented numbers to call for democratic governance, the only independent newspaper in the country, the Times of Swaziland, managed to give government almost free reign to spread their propaganda and discredit the protesters. Here is a breakdown of how the Times reported the protest. First we listContinue reading “Times of Swaziland protest coverage, April 2011”
The most positive feature of the HIV/AIDS coverage during this period was that no story perpetuated stereotypes about people living with HIV/AIDS or about the virus itself. In addition there were no photos of people living with HIV/AIDS that broke confidentiality. However, the most staggering aspect of the HIV/AIDS reporting was the complete absence of the voices of peopleContinue reading “Times of Swaziland coverage of HIV/AIDS, September 2010”
Coverage of Children in the Swazi Media, June 2010 Poor sourcing of stories remained a challenge though there was a slight reduction in the number of single or no source stories. This time single or no source stories accounted for 33% against 43% in the last study. It is important that newsrooms eliminate poorly sourced stories in orderContinue reading “Coverage of Children in Swaziland’s Media”
The study was broken into several topics. The finding were as follows… The ‘news diet’ (the variety of news content) is limited for two reasons: News content was dominated by one topic – national politics. The dominance of national politics prompts a pertinent question – is it the dominating topic because it ought to be,Continue reading “Analysis of Swazi Media, 2006”
The Windhoek Declaration was agreed upon at a UN-sponsored seminar, ‘Promoting an Independent and Pluralistic African Press’, held in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, in 1991. It was later endorsed by the UNESCO general conference. The Declaration defines an independent press as that which is ‘independent from governmental, political or economic control or from control of materials andContinue reading “Media in Africa: 20 years after the Windhoek Declaration on press freedom”