Media complaints commission open for business

MISA-Swaziland Alert 12 April 2013 A media complaints commission for print news is now operating in Swaziland, after almost ten years of planning and discussion. Members of the public can now contact a media ombudsman who, along with a panel, will decide whether corrective action should be taken or the complaint should be taken toContinue reading “Media complaints commission open for business”

Access to information and studying journalism in Swaziland – both difficult

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 21 February 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland heard that His Majesty’s government recently labeled journalism a ‘non-priority area’. Journalism and mass communication students at the University of Swaziland, it follows, would no longer receive any financial assistance from the government. In the past journalism students might be eligible forContinue reading “Access to information and studying journalism in Swaziland – both difficult”

Broadcasting legislation enters Swazi parliament – good news or bad?

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 7 March 2013 Minister of information, communication and technology, Winnie Magagula, tabled the Swaziland Broadcasting Bill 2013 and the Swaziland Broadcasting Corporation Bill 2013 in the Senate on Wednesday 6 March. The Bills are now expected be discussed by parliamentary committees who, it is understood, will seek consultation from anyone interested in theContinue reading “Broadcasting legislation enters Swazi parliament – good news or bad?”

Newspaper boss suspended, formerly suspended finance man takes over

MISA-Swaziland Alert 22 February 2013 Media reports say Alpheous Nxumalo, managing director of the State-owned Swazi Observer Group of Newspapers, has been suspended. The Swazi Observer, published by the Swazi Observer Group of Newspapers, on Thursday, 21 February 2013 reported that the Board of Directors gave no reason for Nxumalo’s suspension, only saying more information would be forthcomingContinue reading “Newspaper boss suspended, formerly suspended finance man takes over”

African Commission meets to discuss Access to Information

MISA-Swaziland Statement 18 February 2013 The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) is currently discussing draft Access to Information legislation in Banjul, the capital of west-African country The Gambia, according to a University of Pretoria statement. From 18 to 23 February the human rights commissioners will fine-tune the Model on Access to Information,Continue reading “African Commission meets to discuss Access to Information”

Police clampdown pro-democracy meeting

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 18 February 2013 It was billed as a peaceful, pro-democracy prayer, organised by the Swaziland United Democracy Front and the Swaziland Democracy Campaign. It was to take place on Saturday morning, 16 February 2013 at a Catholic meeting hall in Manzini, the commercial capital of Swaziland, a small kingdom wedged between South AfricaContinue reading “Police clampdown pro-democracy meeting”

TV authority Chairperson fired, no reason given

MISA-Swaziland Alert 14 February 2013 Reports from Mbabane say Dr. Maxwell Mthembu, Chairperson of the Swaziland Television Authority (STVA) has been fired. It appears no reason for the dismissal has been given. Mthembu, a Journalism and Mass Communication lecturer at the University of Swaziland, confirmed to the Swaziland Chapter of the Media Institute of SouthernContinue reading “TV authority Chairperson fired, no reason given”

Newspaper criticised over misleading HIV reporting

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 11 February 2013 Dr Nduduzo Dube, program manager at Swaziland’s AIDS Healthcare Foundation, has written a stinging letter to the Times of Swaziland about its false and sensationalist reporting of HIV and AIDS stories. “I have always noted the negativity with which the local press has handled all the matters that border aroundContinue reading “Newspaper criticised over misleading HIV reporting”

Magistrate supports journalists’ right to information

MISA-Swaziland Alert 8 February 2013 A magistrate in Swaziland has come to the defence of journalists after they were denied access to court documents. In a Times of Swaziland news article published on Thursday, 7 February 2013, an unnamed journalist reported that “Magistrate Dumisani Mazibuko came to the rescue of journalists when he openly reprimanded a court clerk for refusingContinue reading “Magistrate supports journalists’ right to information”

Senate president insults journalists, threatens censorship

MISA-Swaziland Alert 20 January 2013 Swaziland Senate president Gelane Zwane has insulted and threatened journalists for turning up to a meeting to which they were invited, according to reports in the Times of Swaziland, the country’s oldest privately-owned newspaper. Zwane, who was in attendance at the meeting, held Thursday, 17 January 2013, to prepare for the openingContinue reading “Senate president insults journalists, threatens censorship”