Swaziland’s new airport – another side of the story (in pictures)

MISA-Swaziland | e-Forum March 12 2014 Swaziland, a country of 1.2 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, unveiled a new airport last week. However news agency AFP said the $280-million airport is “years away from being operational and has been dubbed a ‘white elephant’ by critics”. During construction, which began 11 years ago, the airport was known as SikhupheContinue reading “Swaziland’s new airport – another side of the story (in pictures)”

Journalists kicked out of airport opening – no accreditation

MISA-Swaziland | AlertMarch 10 2014 Swaziland unveiled a new airport last week. News agency AFP said the $280-million airport is “years away from being operational and has been dubbed a ‘white elephant’ by critics”. Local media in Swaziland, which rarely questions or directly criticises the ruling monarchy, reported that “numerous members of the public posing asContinue reading “Journalists kicked out of airport opening – no accreditation”

King saves journalists after scuffle breaks out

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 4 2014 Local media reported that King Mswati III, Swaziland’s ruler since 1986, told security officials to stop harassing journalists during a traditional festival. “His Majesty the King came to the rescue of journalists who were covering the marula festival at Hlane after they were occasionally harassed by security officials,” reportedContinue reading “King saves journalists after scuffle breaks out”

Culture of rape ‘taken root in the fibres of the fabric’ of Swaziland, says newspaper

MISA-Swaziland | Alert February 21 2014 Rape is a big problem in Swaziland. The Times of Swaziland, in today’s editorial, commented on the recent trial of man who raped a 53-year-old woman. The man received 12 years in jail for his crime. “Unapologetic sentences of this nature may well be the deterrent that rapists need. TheContinue reading “Culture of rape ‘taken root in the fibres of the fabric’ of Swaziland, says newspaper”

We are entering an ‘abyss of despair’ – Times of Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland | Alert February 21 2014 The Times of Swaziland, the kingdom’s only privately owned daily newspaper, says the country’s economy has recovered from an “economic nightmare” but still faces challenges. “As with all recovery periods it cannot be expected to immediately flex its financial muscle, at least not until it has been determined thatContinue reading “We are entering an ‘abyss of despair’ – Times of Swaziland”

MISA celebrated radio day

MISA-Regional | Statement February 21 2014 WINDHOEK NAMIBIA – On 13 February 2014, the Media Institute of Southern African (MISA) joins the rest of the world to mark the third annual World Radio Day, and to celebrate radio as a medium and the positive impact it has around the world. The theme of this year’s WorldContinue reading “MISA celebrated radio day”

‘Stop telling us we don’t have equal opportunities’ – Swazi girls want leadership

MISA Swaziland | Training February 20 2013 Girls in Swaziland are yearning for women in positions of power to share knowledge and offer assistance, according to a Swazi Observer article that stemmed from a MISA and COSPE training session on women’s rights. The training was held in Swaziland’s commercial capital Manzini on February 12 2014. InContinue reading “‘Stop telling us we don’t have equal opportunities’ – Swazi girls want leadership”

Cops save journalists in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland | Alert February 10 2014 A mob “virtually abducted” journalists who were trying to take photos of a bus that was involved in a shooting last Friday 7 February. The Times of Swaziland Sunday, a weekly newspaper, says that without the help of local police the journalists would have faced an even more dangerousContinue reading “Cops save journalists in Swaziland”

Cop kills man on bus in Swaziland

MISA-Swaziland | Alert February 10 2014 A plain-clothed policeman shot a suspected thief on a public bus in Swaziland on Friday  7 February. The Times of Swaziland Sunday, a weekly newspaper, reported that “a man suspected to have stolen copper wire was shot dead aboard a bus, allegedly by a police officer”. According to theContinue reading “Cop kills man on bus in Swaziland”

MISA-Swaziland runs training session, generates debate on women’s rights

MISA Swaziland | Training February 6 2013 Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland), in partnership with human rights NGO COSPE, is running three training sessions for journalists in February on women’s rights. The first session was held yesterday in Mbabane, the capital. Six journalists attended the practical training session, where they are encouraged toContinue reading “MISA-Swaziland runs training session, generates debate on women’s rights”