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

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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 to … Continue reading

Times of Swaziland staff threaten protest, unhappy with management
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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

MISA sets record straight with Swazi Observer editor
Letter / Media Alert

MISA sets record straight with Swazi Observer editor

MISA-Swaziland letter to the Swazi Observer By Vuyisile Hlatshwayo, MISA-Swaziland National Director Monday 27 May, 2013 In his column IN THE BLUE CORNER (13/05/2013), Swazi Observer managing editor Mbongeni Mbingo branded MISA a brandy in a coke can; a throwback to the premier’s description of Sive Siyinqaba in the 1990s. Undeniably, The Nation is my brainchild. … Continue reading

MISA training journalists on election coverage
Media Alert / Training

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 accurately … Continue reading

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Suspended editors reinstated

MISA-Swaziland Alert 26 March 2013 The board of directors at the Swazi Observer Newspaper Group have reinstated controversially suspended editors, Alec Lushaba and Thulani Thwala. The reinstatement comes eight months after the pair was suspended by then managing director of the group, Alpheous Nxumalo, for allegedly not following the founding mandate of the newspaper group. … Continue reading