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 sets record straight with Swazi Observer editor”

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”

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 “Suspended editors reinstated”

Suspended newspaper executive said to have misused funds

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 28 February 2013 Media reports say Alpheous Nxumalo, the suspended managing director of the Swazi Observer Group of Newspapers, allegedly misused funds during his tenure. Chairperson of the Swazi Observer, Sthofeni Ginindza, suspended Nxumalo on 19 February 2013. On Monday, 25 February 2013 the Times of Swaziland, a privately owned daily newspaper, reported thatContinue reading “Suspended newspaper executive said to have misused funds”

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”

Head of State-owned newspaper group vows to block pro-democracy voices

MISA-Swaziland Alert 15 January 2013 Managing Director of the state-owned Swazi Observer Newspaper Group, Alpheous Nxumalo, has vowed not to allow any pro-democracy voices to be published in his stable and has further accused other media practitioners in Swaziland of undermining the country’s institutions, the monarchy being one. The newspaper group publishes the Swazi Observer and Weekend Observer.Continue reading “Head of State-owned newspaper group vows to block pro-democracy voices”

Journalist attacked by mob while covering chieftaincy dispute

MISA-Swaziland Alert 9 January 2013 Eugene Dube, a freelance journalist who writes for the state-owned Swazi Observer, is recovering after he was beaten by an angry mob while covering a long-standing chieftaincy dispute. The Swaziland Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland) visited Dube after learning of the attack. The journalist suffered injuries onContinue reading “Journalist attacked by mob while covering chieftaincy dispute”