From Swazi Media Commentary Sun Dec 16 2012, 05:07:00

Readers of the Times of Swaziland group are boycotting buying the newspapers and they are encouraging advertisers to pull out.

They are dismayed that the newspaper group failed to apologise after the Times Sunday published an article that said battered women were 'bitches' and that 'most' women who were beaten up by men brought it upon themselves.

Instead, Martin Dlamini, the managing editor of the Times of Swaziland group, publicly defended the right of his newspaper to publish the article, written by Qalakaliboli Dlamini.

Now, a grassroots campaign has started that is spreading by word of mouth among ordinary readers. They are not buying any of the Times group newspapers - the Times of Swaziland, the Swazi News and the Times Sunday - and are asking people they know not to either.

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