‘Judiciary can make positive contribution to press freedom’, says Dr Fidelis Kanyongolo

“In the defamation laws of most countries, a court will not find a person or organisation that is sued for defamation liable if he, she or it proves that the alleged defamation was true in fact.” – Dr Fidelis Kanyongolo Mbabane, Swaziland, 2015 On May 3 2015, to mark World Press Freedom Day, Swaziland’s MediaContinue reading “‘Judiciary can make positive contribution to press freedom’, says Dr Fidelis Kanyongolo”

MISA trains journalists in Mambane and Mafutseni

As part of an election coverage training program, the Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland (MISA-Swaziland), in partnership with human rights organisation COSPE, took five journalists into the field to ask women about the upcoming national vote, as well as many other topics… On Tuesday 21 May, MISA-Swaziland and COSPE staff, aided by MaureenContinue reading “MISA trains journalists in Mambane and Mafutseni”

MISA helps generate debate on women’s rights

As part of an election coverage training program, the Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland, in partnership with human rights organisation COSPE, took five journalists into the field to ask women about the upcoming national vote, as well as many other topics… What rights do women have when mourning a loved one? Should theyContinue reading “MISA helps generate debate on women’s rights”

MISA training journalists on election coverage

The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland (MISA-Swaziland), an NGO that promotes freedom of speech, is working with human rights organisation COSPE to train journalists on election coverage in the lead up to national vote, scheduled for August 2013. The training will encourage the participating journalists to seek out the human stories and to report these stories accuratelyContinue reading “MISA training journalists on election coverage”

So This Is Democracy? Swaziland’s media in 2012

MISA-Swaziland’s Annual Statement on the Media Written in February 2013 INTRODUCTION The more things change, the more they stay the same. This proverb aptly describes the unchanged media environment in the Kingdom of Swaziland. Nothing has changed in the seven years since the adoption of a new Constitution in 2005. Section 24 of the ConstitutionContinue reading “So This Is Democracy? Swaziland’s media in 2012”

Journalists march for media freedom

MISA-Swaziland Alert 6 May 2013  On a sunny May 3, World Press Freedom Day, journalists and civil society members marched through the streets of Swaziland’s capital, Mbabane, and delivered a petition to the Minister of Information, Communication, and Technology and Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs. The marchers were calling for media freedom. About 40Continue reading “Journalists march for media freedom”

Editor lodges appeal against conviction

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 23 April 2013  Bheki Makhubu, editor of The Nation magazine, has lodged an appeal against his conviction and sentence. The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) understands the appeal went through late Monday (22 April) and was in time to beat today’s deadline of paying a US$21,500 fine or face two years in prison. TheContinue reading “Editor lodges appeal against conviction”

Support pours in for editor threatened with jail

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 22 April 2013 Support continues to pour in for Bheki Makhubu, an editor in Swaziland who was recently threatened with a two-year jail term for “scandalising the court”. Makhubu was ordered to pay Emlangeni E200,000 (approximately US$21,500) or face two years in prison by Justice Bheki Maphalala last Wednesday, 17 April 2013. MakhubuContinue reading “Support pours in for editor threatened with jail”

Wave of support for embattled Swazi editor

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 22 April 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland (MISA-Swaziland), a press freedom NGO, is encouraged by the number of voices supporting embattled editor Bheki Makhubu, who last week was told by the high court to pay E200,000 ($US21,000) within three days or else go to jail for two years. Makhubu,Continue reading “Wave of support for embattled Swazi editor”

Editors’ forum condemns possible 2-year jail term for scribe

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 18 April 2013 The Southern African Editors’ Forum (SAEF) has condemned a possible two-year jail term or US$20,000 fine imposed on Bheki Makhubu, an editor, by the courts in Swaziland. Makhubu edits one of Swaziland’s few independent sources of news, The Nation magazine, published by Swaziland Independent Publishers. The magazine was found guilty of “contemptContinue reading “Editors’ forum condemns possible 2-year jail term for scribe”