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Transparency a long way off in secretive Eswatini (Swaziland): 2018 report

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. Continue reading

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Youth voice absent in Swazi media – MISA research
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Youth voice absent in Swazi media – MISA research

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 Monday … Continue reading

Times of Swaziland protest coverage, April 2011
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Times of Swaziland protest coverage, April 2011

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 list … Continue reading

Times of Swaziland coverage of HIV/AIDS, September 2010
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Times of Swaziland coverage of HIV/AIDS, September 2010

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 people … Continue reading

Media in Africa: 20 years after the Windhoek Declaration on press freedom
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Media in Africa: 20 years after the Windhoek Declaration on press freedom

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 and … Continue reading