THE 'TIMES' AND POOR PRESS STANDARDS

From Swazi Media Commentary Sat Dec 15 2012, 00:43:00

One of the fiercest campaigns by readers against a newspaper in Swaziland that anyone can remember has been raging this week.

At least six organisations and countless individuals have criticised the Times Sunday newspaper after one of its regular columnists wrote last week that battered women were 'bitches' and said 'most' women who were beaten up by men brought it upon themselves.

Since the article was published, a petition demanding an apology from the Times and supported by Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA), Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organizations, Coordinating Assembly for Non-Governmental Organisations (CANGO), Swaziland Concerned Church Leaders, Swaziland National Association of Teachers, Swaziland Positive Living and the Swaziland Agricultural Producers Union (SAPU) has been circulating.

The article's author Qalakaliboli Dlamini is no stranger to controversy and was suspended by his newspaper in May 2012 after he wrote he was a proud homophobe and he hated homosexuals.

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