SBCCN Press Release: Can you help save the life of a promising young Swazi woman with breast cancer?

MISA-Swaziland | e-Forum June 30 2014 MISA-Swaziland’s e-Forum posts stories and statements from civil society groups and NGOs in promotion of media freedom, diversity, pluralism, and access to information. The e-Forum also encourages individuals and groups to reply and respond to stories or statements that appear on the Forum. Swaziland Breast and Cervical Cancer Network — Press Release Continue reading “SBCCN Press Release: Can you help save the life of a promising young Swazi woman with breast cancer?”

100 days in jail for journalist and human rights lawyer in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland | Alert June 25 2014 When the respected editor of The Nation magazine Bheki Makhubu and prominent human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko appear in court next Tuesday they will have spent over 100 days in Sidwashini jail, just north of Swaziland’s capital Mbabane. They are both facing criminal contempt of court charges after writing opinionContinue reading “100 days in jail for journalist and human rights lawyer in Swaziland”

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”

Swazi appeal court overturns 2013 contempt conviction against Bheki Makhubu

MISA-Swaziland | Alert June 1, 2014 An appeal court in Swaziland on Friday 30 May set aside a criminal contempt of court ruling against Bheki Makhubu, editor of The Nation magazine. In the same ruling, the appeal court reduced the penalty relating to another contempt charge faced by Makhubu and the magazine. Read more in theContinue reading “Swazi appeal court overturns 2013 contempt conviction against Bheki Makhubu”

MISA-Swaziland hosting World Press Freedom Day event on Friday 9 May

Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa is hosting an event to mark World Press Freedom Day this coming Friday 9 May. World Press Freedom Day, which was officially on May 3, is a day to reflect on the progress towards free speech and media freedom. It offers an opportunity to come together to discuss theContinue reading “MISA-Swaziland hosting World Press Freedom Day event on Friday 9 May”

Continued incarceration for respected journalist and lawyer

MISA-Swaziland | Alert April 15 2014 Another week in jail for journalist Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko. High Court judge Mpendulo Simelane refuses to remove himself from the case. Defence lawyers argued that Simelane cannot be objective because he is a subject of criticism in the opinion articles that have landed Makhubu and Maseko inContinue reading “Continued incarceration for respected journalist and lawyer”

‘Stop treating us like children’ – lawyer dresses down judge in Swaziland’s high court

MISA-Swaziland | Alert April 11 2014 A prominent human rights lawyer in Swaziland, who is currently detained behind bars for writing an opinion piece questioning the independence of the country’s judiciary, dressed down a high court judge yesterday, telling the judge to stop treating him like a child. “We have lawyers, why can’t you takeContinue reading “‘Stop treating us like children’ – lawyer dresses down judge in Swaziland’s high court”

‘Accused persons, stand up accused persons’ – Swazi judge orders more detention for journalist and human rights lawyer

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 28 2014 “Accused persons, stand up accused persons. You will further remain in custody until April 9th.” These were the parting words of Swaziland high court judge Mpendulo Simelane as he ordered journalist Bheki Makhubu and prominent human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko back into detention for another seven days. Before the hearingContinue reading “‘Accused persons, stand up accused persons’ – Swazi judge orders more detention for journalist and human rights lawyer”

STATEMENT: MISA condemns arrest of Swazi lawyer and journalist

MISA-Regional | Statement March 19 2014 19 MARCH 2014, WINDHOEK NAMIBIA – The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) condemns the arrest, detention and unconstitutional closed hearing of prominent human rights lawyer, Thulani Maseko and Nation magazine editor, Bheki Makhubu in Swaziland. Maseko, a senior member of Lawyers for Human Rights Swaziland, was arrested in his law firmContinue reading “STATEMENT: MISA condemns arrest of Swazi lawyer and journalist”

Journalist and human rights lawyer held in jail after closed court hearing

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 18 2014 A journalist and a human rights lawyer have been arrested and charged with contempt of court in Swaziland, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarchy. Editor of the The Nation magazine Bheki Makhubu and prominent human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko were both arrested and charged with contempt of court after writing articles in Makhubu’sContinue reading “Journalist and human rights lawyer held in jail after closed court hearing”