Blog entries from: Swazi Media Commentary

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August 20 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Wed Aug 20 2014, 07:46:00

The Swaziland magazine editor Bheki Makhubu, jailed for two years for writing articles critical of Swazi judges, is to appeal against his sentence.

In the appeal papers lawyers for Makhubu say the High Court Judge Mpendulo Simelane erred on several matters when convicting the editor of the Nation magazine.

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allAfrica.com news stories in this entry:
Swaziland:   Respected Swazi Journalist Bheki Makhubu Files Appeal Against 2 Year Jail Term for Criminal Contempt of Court Conviction (press release)
MISA-Swaziland
18 August 2014

In the appeal papers, according to local media, lawyers for Makhubu say judge Mpendulo Simelane erred on several matters when convicting the editor of The Nation magazine. [read more]




From Swazi Media Commentary Wed Aug 20 2014, 01:30:00

The Swaziland Government will not let up on its control of state radio, Minister of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Dumisani Ndlangamandla said.

He said state media, which includes television and radio, existed primarily to serve the interests of the state.

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August 15 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Fri Aug 15 2014, 08:49:00

King Mswati III is misleading his subjects and the world at large when he sayshe does not know why the United States is withdrawing a preferential trading status from his kingdom.

The United States decided that Swaziland could no longer receive trading benefits under the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA). The decision was made in June 2014 after Swaziland failed to meet the United States' requirements on human rights issues.

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allAfrica.com news stories in this entry:
Africa:   Obama Removes Swaziland, Reinstates Madagascar for AGOA Benefits (press release)
Office of The United States Trade Representative
27 June 2014

President Obama reinstated Madagascar's eligibility for African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) benefits, effective immediately, and withdrew Swaziland's AGOA eligibility, effective January 1, 2015. [read more]




August 14 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Thu Aug 14 2014, 09:21:00

Three Swazi political activists who were denied political asylum in South Africa are expected to leave the country on Friday (15 August 2014).

But, it is not clear if they will return to Swaziland, amid fears that they might be imprisoned by King Mswati III's regime.

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August 11 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Mon Aug 11 2014, 01:39:00

Swaziland's Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini has apologised 'unconditionally' for saying workers' leaders should be 'strangled' for opposing his government. This followed an international campaign of condemnation. 

Dlamini told the Observer on Saturday, a newspaper in Swaziland in effect owned by King Mswati III, that he did not mean to be taken literally. 

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August 8 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Fri Aug 8 2014, 10:08:00

A reported threat by Swaziland's Prime Minister Barnabas Dlamini that workers' leaders should be strangled when they return to the kingdom from the US Africa Summit has been condemned by prodemocracy campaigners.

According to a reportin the Times of Swaziland newspaper, the Prime Minister said that Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) General Secretary, Vincent Ncongwane and human rights lawyer Sipho Gumedze, should be strangled because they spoke against his government in Washington.

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August 6 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Wed Aug 6 2014, 09:57:00

The Nationmagazine in Swaziland, whose editor has been jailed for two years for publishing articles critical of the judiciary, has vowed to continue with its campaign for freedom in the kingdom. 

Meanwhile, a fighting fund has been launched to raise the E100,000 (US$10,000) the magazine was fined and other legal costs. The magazine intends to appeal the decision in the Swazi Supreme Court sitting in November 2014.

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From Swazi Media Commentary Wed Aug 6 2014, 02:10:00

The Swaziland Government spent about E5.9 million (US$600,000) on the official opening of the King Mswati III International Airport, it has just been revealed.

At the same time, at least 36 children have died from diarrhoea and more than 500 have been hospitalised after the government said it did not have money to pay for available rotavirus vaccines.

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August 5 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Tue Aug 5 2014, 05:33:00

The Law Society of Swaziland is taking on the kingdom's judiciary, arguing that King Mswati III has appointed judges in violation of the constitution.

An attempt to challenge the appointment as a High Court Judge of Mpendulo Simelane failed on Friday (1 August 2014) when a case at the High Court was dismissed before the Law Society's lawyers arrived at the court.

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July 31 2014

From Swazi Media Commentary Thu Jul 31 2014, 06:24:00

Thulani Maseko, the human rights lawyer and journalist jailed for two years in Swaziland because he wrote a magazine article critical of the Swazi judiciary, has written from his jail cell at Sidvwashini Prison to US President Barack Obama, asking for the United States to impose sanctions against King Mswati III.

In the letter that was written while Maseko was awaiting trial, the lawyer quoted Obama himself who once said, 'I do have an unyielding belief that all people yearn for certain things: the ability to speak your mind and have a say in how you are governed; confidence in the rule of law and the equal administration of justice; government that is transparent and doesn't steal from the people; the freedom to live as you choose. These are not just American ideas; they are human rights.'

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