Swazi journalist to spend Christmas in jail after judge denies bail‏
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Swazi journalist to spend Christmas in jail after judge denies bail‏

MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert December 6 2014 Respected journalist Bheki Makhubu was refused bail by controversial judge Mpendulo Simelane at Swaziland’s High Court on December 5 2014. “I find that the applicant has woefully failed to convincingly establish the requisite exceptional circumstances to warrant his release on bail pending appeal,” said Simelane reading his ruling … Continue reading

Taking stock of the media in Swaziland – MISA partners with UNESCO on media development research
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Taking stock of the media in Swaziland – MISA partners with UNESCO on media development research

MISA-Swaziland | Research November 18 2014 The below article was originally published on UNESCO’s In Focus news-site. Freedom of expression was at the heart of discussions at a UNESCO-supported round table on assessing the media landscape in Swaziland, which took place in Mbabane on 30 October. The round table, organized by the Swaziland Chapter of … Continue reading

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‘Freedom of expression under siege in Swaziland’ – report

MISA-Swaziland | ResearchAugust 13 2014 A new piece of research by a Masters student at the University of Pretoria says Swazi “citizens cannot freely express themselves on issues involving the government and the monarchy because of fear of being harassed by the authorities”. Kudzani Ndlovu, who is studying at the University’s centre for human rights, completed … Continue reading

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

‘Friends of the Nation’ can now help: Embattled Swazi magazine sets up legal assistance fund as court saga continues
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‘Friends of the Nation’ can now help: Embattled Swazi magazine sets up legal assistance fund as court saga continues

MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert August 5 2014 A monthly magazine in Swaziland is appealing for support as it continues to battle its way through the courts in a case that has drawn attention to the lack of free speech in the landlocked nation in southern Africa. The Nation magazine, published by Swaziland Independent Publishers Pty … Continue reading

‘Black Friday for Journalism’ in Swaziland: ‘Explosive’ and ‘hostile’ judge sends Swazi editor and lawyer to jail for 2 years, reports local media
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‘Black Friday for Journalism’ in Swaziland: ‘Explosive’ and ‘hostile’ judge sends Swazi editor and lawyer to jail for 2 years, reports local media

MISA-Swaziland | Alert July 26 2014 “An explosive and hostile Judge Mpendulo Simelane sentenced The Nation magazine editor Bheki Makhubu and columnist and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko to two years imprisonment without an option of a fine yesterday, sending shock waves to media practitioners locally and internationally,” reports today’s edition of weekly newspaper Observer … Continue reading

So this is democracy? Media freedom in Swaziland continues to come under threat in 2013
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So this is democracy? Media freedom in Swaziland continues to come under threat in 2013

MISA-Swaziland’s Annual Statement on the Media for 2013 This article forms part of the Media Institute of Southern Africa’s report on the state of media freedom in the region in 2013 — So this is Democracy? To read this article in PDF click here and to read the regional overview click here In Swaziland, 2013 saw … Continue reading