MISA-Swaziland welcomes release of Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko after 15 months in jail

Swaziland’s Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-Swaziland) welcomes the release of editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko. The two were acquitted by the Supreme Court of Swaziland yesterday, 30 June 2015, after serving a year in jail in an unprecedented case which has seen the tiny kingdom drawing attention from several regionalContinue reading “MISA-Swaziland welcomes release of Bheki Makhubu and Thulani Maseko after 15 months in jail”

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

‘Political’ magazine banned from Swazi prison

MISA-Swaziland | Alert July 21 2014 Members of banned political organisations in Swaziland said prison guards didn’t let them take a copy of newsmagazine The Nation into one of the kingdom’s prisons, according to local news reports. “The incident occurred at the Zakhele Remand Centre on Friday (July 18) morning when certain members of theContinue reading “‘Political’ magazine banned from Swazi prison”

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”

Shining a light on Swaziland’s dubious radio deal

MISA-Swaziland Alert 4 June 2013 The Nation, Swaziland’s independent monthly magazine, is asking how the government granted a broadcasting company a commercial radio licence when it is unclear whether enabling legislation exists to allow such a deal. In the June 2013 edition, Nimrod Mabuza, assistant editor and reporter for The Nation, says Africa Unite FMContinue reading “Shining a light on Swaziland’s dubious radio deal”

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”

Editor lodges appeal against conviction

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 23 April 2013  Bheki Makhubu, editor of The Nation magazine, has lodged an appeal against his conviction and sentence. The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) understands the appeal went through late Monday (22 April) and was in time to beat today’s deadline of paying a US$21,500 fine or face two years in prison. TheContinue reading “Editor lodges appeal against conviction”

Support pours in for editor threatened with jail

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 22 April 2013 Support continues to pour in for Bheki Makhubu, an editor in Swaziland who was recently threatened with a two-year jail term for “scandalising the court”. Makhubu was ordered to pay Emlangeni E200,000 (approximately US$21,500) or face two years in prison by Justice Bheki Maphalala last Wednesday, 17 April 2013. MakhubuContinue reading “Support pours in for editor threatened with jail”

Wave of support for embattled Swazi editor

MISA-Swaziland Analysis 22 April 2013 The Media Institute of Southern Africa in Swaziland (MISA-Swaziland), a press freedom NGO, is encouraged by the number of voices supporting embattled editor Bheki Makhubu, who last week was told by the high court to pay E200,000 ($US21,000) within three days or else go to jail for two years. Makhubu,Continue reading “Wave of support for embattled Swazi editor”

Editors’ forum condemns possible 2-year jail term for scribe

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update 18 April 2013 The Southern African Editors’ Forum (SAEF) has condemned a possible two-year jail term or US$20,000 fine imposed on Bheki Makhubu, an editor, by the courts in Swaziland. Makhubu edits one of Swaziland’s few independent sources of news, The Nation magazine, published by Swaziland Independent Publishers. The magazine was found guilty of “contemptContinue reading “Editors’ forum condemns possible 2-year jail term for scribe”