Editor faces 2 years in jail for criticising judge

MISA-Swaziland Alert 18 April 2013 One of Swaziland’s few independent source of news, The Nation magazine, has been found guilty of “contempt by scandalizing the court” following its publication of two articles in 2009 and 2010 that criticised Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi. Editor of the monthly magazine, Bheki Makhubu, and the its publisher, Swaziland Independent Publishers, wereContinue reading “Editor faces 2 years in jail for criticising judge”

Coverage of Children in Swaziland’s Media

Coverage of Children in the Swazi Media, June 2010 Poor sourcing of stories remained a challenge though there was a slight reduction in the number of single or no source stories. This time single or no source stories accounted for 33% against 43% in the last study. It  is important that newsrooms eliminate  poorly sourced stories in orderContinue reading “Coverage of Children in Swaziland’s Media”

Censorship in Swaziland’s Media, 2006

There is a long history of censorship of the media in Swaziland. Some of this censorship we know about because it has become public in some way. But there is suspicion that a lot of censorship is taking place that we do not know about. There have been unsubstantiated reports about the existence of censorship,Continue reading “Censorship in Swaziland’s Media, 2006”

Swazi Journalism and the ‘Muslim Threat’, 2008

This paper reports the findings of a research project undertaken in Swaziland, a small kingdom in southern Africa, that analyses the way in which the press frames Muslims and Islam as a threat to the state and to ordinary people. It begins by analysing three recent stories regarding Muslims: The perception that Muslims were toContinue reading “Swazi Journalism and the ‘Muslim Threat’, 2008”

Political Reporting in Swaziland, 2007

A typical political story in the Swazi media was a basic event description, reported by a male journalist, containing one male government source, and, if biased, favoured government. Coverage of government and political issues was largely superficial and uncritical and captured a limited range of views and voices. The breadth of content in political coverageContinue reading “Political Reporting in Swaziland, 2007”

Evaluation of State Broadcasting in Swaziland, 2006

The State has control over the two national broadcasters, Swazi TV and SBIS (radio). The playing field is still not level as there are no community radio stations neither are there privately owned radio stations save for the Christian radio station, the Voice of the Church which is a franchise of Transworld Radio. One of the major hindrances regardingContinue reading “Evaluation of State Broadcasting in Swaziland, 2006”

Coverage of Women in the Swazi Media, 2006

This study is an analysis of Swaziland media’s coverage of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign and gender-based violence and child abuse that were published or broadcast during the campaign period. The monitoring of gender-based violence and child abuse during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence 2006 has revealed considerableContinue reading “Coverage of Women in the Swazi Media, 2006”

Analysis of Swazi Media, 2006

The study was broken into several topics. The finding were as follows… The ‘news diet’ (the variety of news content) is limited for two reasons: News content was dominated by one topic – national politics. The dominance of national politics prompts a pertinent question – is it the dominating topic because it ought to be,Continue reading “Analysis of Swazi Media, 2006”

National Overview of Swaziland’s Media 2011

The year under review has been fraught with many challenges for the mass media in Swaziland. Court orders were issued to try and censor the media, journalists were harassed and a newspaper was threatened with closure. Censorship of the media reared its ugly head when the Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi ordered the privately-owned Times of Swaziland to stop publishingContinue reading “National Overview of Swaziland’s Media 2011”

Coverage of Democracy in the Swazi Press

Research project, 2011 This study sought to analyse the extent to which the Swazi press are able to encourage good governance and contribute to the realisation of democracy. Most reporting was found wanting. In the daily newspapers, the dominance of uncritical, event-based reporting that was over-reliant on government voices put the agenda-setting power firmly in the hands ofContinue reading “Coverage of Democracy in the Swazi Press”