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 inContinue reading “Defamation Pay Day: Swazi politician wins biggest defamation case in kingdom’s history”

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 saidContinue reading “Swazi prime minister tells MPs ‘to strangle union leaders when they return from the US’, reports local media”

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

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”

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 29Continue reading “Times of Swaziland journo wins award”

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 theContinue reading “Times of Swaziland editor sacked for ‘breaching company policy’, says Swazi Observer”

Times of Swaziland applauds Police Commissioner’s apology over media intimidation

MISA-Swaziland Alert October 7 2013 An anonymous column in the Times of Swaziland on October 4 2013 has applauded the National Police Commissioner’s apology after an officer harassed a journalist. The column, ‘MR REF’, is a daily feature of Times of Swaziland’s comments page. Each day MR REF considers three topical issues and will judge each issue as being  eitherContinue reading “Times of Swaziland applauds Police Commissioner’s apology over media intimidation”

When will Swazi TV grow up?

MISA-Swaziland Alert October 7 2013 A letter to the editor at the Times of Swaziland, published on Friday October 4, 2013, has lamented the poor standard of television in the country. The letter, titled “When will Swazi TV grow up?” and written by “Nkosinathi ‘Umsutfu’,” describes the unprofessional, rude, and boring service offered by the country’sContinue reading “When will Swazi TV grow up?”

‘I saw nothing wrong with the protestors’ – Swazi journalist almost shot after taking photos of police brutality

MISA-Swaziland Alert-update September 30 2013 Walter Dlamini, the Times of Swaziland photojournalist who had a police gun pointed at him last Saturday, says he’s doing “okay”. Dlamini, who was covering a protest in the southern Swazi town of Gege on Saturday 28 September, said the armed policeman — “cocked revolver” in hand — was “aboutContinue reading “‘I saw nothing wrong with the protestors’ – Swazi journalist almost shot after taking photos of police brutality”