THE STATE OF SWAZI JOURNALISM, 2013

From Swazi Media Commentary Tue Jan 1 2013, 00:56:00

One thing that shines out about journalists and their editors in Swaziland as we come to the start of a new year is the deeply cynical way they operate.

Swazi journalists claim to be upholders of fine ethical traditions of honesty and inquiry, but instead they are often publishing lies or playing with readers' emotions to boost company profits.

There are only two newspaper groups in Swaziland, the Swazi Observer, which is in effect owned by King Mwsati III, through the Tibiyo Taka Ngwane, a conglomerate of companies he holds 'in trust' for the Swazi nation, and the commercially-independent Times of Swaziland group.

I am leaving out TV and radio journalists from this discussion because nearly all of them work for the state-controlled SBIS radio or Swazi TV. These stations come under direct editorial control of the government of the day and their staffs are civil servants and not independent journalists. The one radio station and one TV channel not under direct government control either carry no news or openly support the king and the kingdom's traditionalists.

[view whole blog post ]
 See More    |     Report Abuse


You might also be interested in the following news stories:

Botswana:   'JJ' Demolishes Sankoyo (news)
Botswana Daily News
7 February 2016

Prolific Township Rollers striker, Jerome 'JJ' Ramatlhakwana was the toast of the day when he scored a brace in his side's 4-0 demolition of Sankoyo Bushbucks in a be Mobile Premiership game played at ... [read more]

Botswana:   Botswana Member of AU's Peace and Security Council (news)
Botswana Daily News
7 February 2016

Botswana has been elected to be a member of the Peace and Security Council of African Union (AU). [read more]

Botswana:   Embassy Takes Media On Energy Production Tour (news)
Botswana Daily News
7 February 2016

The Japan Embassy recently took the media on a tour of the Jatropha biomass energy production plantation in Sebele. [read more]



blogAfrica is allAfrica.com's platform to help you keep an ear on the African blogosphere. We draw diverse voices from around the world who post regularly and insightfully about African issues. Bloggers, submit your blog's rss-feed!


Today's Featured News
Mozambique Ruling Party Faces Tough Contest

Renamo supporters: Ruling Frelimo faces a stern challenge at Wednesday's polls from...

Surge in Central African Republic Violence

African Union troops in Bangui (file photo): The UN has expressed alarm...

Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana Get Crucial Wins

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana (file photo): The Super Eagles have boosted their...