Swazi prime minister tells MPs ‘to strangle union leaders when they return from the US’, reports local media

MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert August 7 2014 “Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini has called for the strangulation of workers union leaders who went to Washington under the pretext of going to save AGOA,” reports the Times of Swaziland. Click here to read the full report The competing daily Swazi Observer also reported on the matter however saidContinue reading “Swazi prime minister tells MPs ‘to strangle union leaders when they return from the US’, reports local media”

Draconian laws will never suppress a people’s desire for free expression, the press is here to stay – Swazi Observer

MISA-Swaziland | Alert June 25 2014 The editorial in yesterday’s Swazi Observer agrees with South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa that the media must annoy and challenge the leaders of a country, while also reporting in a fair and balanced manner.  “Africa direly needs politicians who will acknowledge the role of the press instead ofContinue reading “Draconian laws will never suppress a people’s desire for free expression, the press is here to stay – Swazi Observer”

Editor of new newspaper speaks to MISA-Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland Alert Monday 21 October, 2013 Swaziland has a new Sunday newspaper — the Sunday Observer. It is published by the Swazi Observer Group of Newspapers, which is owned by an investment fund called Tibiyo Taka Ngwane. This fund is controlled by King Mswati III “in trust for the Swazi nation”. The first edition appeared yesterday, SundayContinue reading “Editor of new newspaper speaks to MISA-Swaziland”

Times of Swaziland editor sacked for ‘breaching company policy’, says Swazi Observer

Maqhawe Nxumalo, news editor at Swaziland’s only independently-owned newspaper Times of Swaziland, has been fired. Rival daily newspaper, Swazi Observer, reported yesterday: “Nxumalo, who was serving suspension for about two months, was fired after being found guilty of breaching company policy.” The Swazi Observer also reports on some of the reasons for the sacking. “Some of theContinue reading “Times of Swaziland editor sacked for ‘breaching company policy’, says Swazi Observer”

Expose more corruption, Swazi speaker tells media

MISA-Swaziland Alert August 2 2013 Speaker of Swaziland’s house of assembly, Prince Guduza, has called on the media to continue exposing corruption, according to local media reports. On August 2 2013, daily newspaper Swazi Observer, under the headline ‘Rotten beans saga an example of media’s overseer role’, reported the Speaker’s praise of local media. Speaker GuduzaContinue reading “Expose more corruption, Swazi speaker tells media”

MISA listens to students, trains journalists

Are young people included in the Swazi media? How does the media depict children, students, teenagers? Are young people merely spoken about? or are their voices properly captured by reporters? What do young people think of the media in Swaziland? These are some of the questions posed during a recent project undertaken by Swaziland’s Media Institute ofContinue reading “MISA listens to students, trains journalists”

Minister happy with media freedom debate, wants more transparency–media report

MISA-Swaziland Alert 5 June 2013 Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Winnie Magagula, says transparency and ethical guidelines can help create a more professional media sector, according to a report in Swazi Observer on May 31 2013. Rogers Mamba, a fellow minster, delivered an address on behalf of Magagula at a recent meeting between editorsContinue reading “Minister happy with media freedom debate, wants more transparency–media report”

Swaziland respects press freedom, but nothing negative on radio–PM

MISA-Swaziland Alert 5 June 2013 “Newspapers can write what they like even about me or parliament.” These are the words attributed to Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini at a meeting with editors on Thursday May 30, 2013, as reported in daily newspaper Swazi Observer. However, in a related article about the meeting between the PMContinue reading “Swaziland respects press freedom, but nothing negative on radio–PM”

Journalist punished by editor, spends night in office

MISA-Swaziland Alert Tuesday, 4 June 2013 The Swazi Observer, a daily newspaper, reports on June 4 2013 that a journalist at the rival daily Times of Swaziland “spent a night in the newsroom as a form of punishment by his supervisor”. Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), a press freedom NGO, has spoken toContinue reading “Journalist punished by editor, spends night in office”

Times of Swaziland staff threaten protest, unhappy with management

MISA-Swaziland Alert 28 May 2013 Drivers who deliver Swaziland’s only privately owned newspaper Times of Swaziland have threatened protest action if management doesn’t resolve their grievances. The rival daily newspaper, state-owned Swazi Observer, yesterday reported “drivers have given management until tomorrow to meet their demands or they will bring the company’s operation to a halt”.Continue reading “Times of Swaziland staff threaten protest, unhappy with management”