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MISA Swaziland condemns detention of two journalists in Qatari embassy

On 6 October 2018, two senior journalists from the Times of Swaziland were held hostage at the Qatar Embassy in Ezulwini Valley. Continue reading

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Defamation Pay Day: Swazi politician wins biggest defamation case in kingdom’s history
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Defamation Pay Day: Swazi politician wins biggest defamation case in kingdom’s history

MISA-Swaziland | Media Alert December 8, 2014 Senate President Gelane Simelane-Zwane has won E550,000 ($50,000) in a controversial defamation case against the country’s only privately-owned daily newspaper, reports local media. Simelane-Zwane, who is also acting chief of KoNtshingila, sued the Times of Swaziland over an article it published about Simelane-Zwane’s birth name. The article in … 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

He is (not) a spineless politician who always does what he is told – former Swazi politician sues newspaper
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He is (not) a spineless politician who always does what he is told – former Swazi politician sues newspaper

MISA-Swaziland | Alert March 5 2014 The former deputy prime minister of the Kingdom of Swaziland was yesterday awarded E200,000 ($US20,000) in an out-of-court settlement against the country’s only privately owned daily newspaper. The details of the case appear in today’s Swazi Observer, a daily newspaper effectively owned by the nation’s ruler King Mswati III. … Continue reading

Culture of rape ‘taken root in the fibres of the fabric’ of Swaziland, says newspaper
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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. The … Continue reading

Times of Swaziland journo wins award
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Times of Swaziland journo wins award

MISA-Swaziland Alert December 3 2013 Times of Swaziland reporter Sithembile Hlatshwayo has won the 2013 Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) and Save the Children award for best print news story. Her winning story was titled “15-year-old virgin discovers he is HIV positive”. Hlatshwayo was awarded the prize at a ceremony in Zambia on Friday 29 … Continue reading

Times of Swaziland editor sacked for ‘breaching company policy’, says Swazi Observer
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Times of Swaziland editor sacked for ‘breaching company policy’, says Swazi Observer

Maqhawe Nxumalo, news editor at Swaziland’s only independently-owned newspaper Times of Swaziland, has been fired. Rival daily newspaper, Swazi Observer, reported yesterday: “Nxumalo, who was serving suspension for about two months, was fired after being found guilty of breaching company policy.” The Swazi Observer also reports on some of the reasons for the sacking. “Some of the … Continue reading