SOCIAL MEDIA SITES PROMOTE FREEDOM

From Swazi Media Commentary Fri Feb 22 2013, 07:10:00

More people than ever before are using social media sites such as Facebook to oppose the undemocratic regime in Swaziland.

Research just published shows that people use the Internet to communicate with one another and share information and ideas about the campaign for democracy, bypassing the Swazi mainstream media which is heavily censored.

People who live inside the kingdom and those abroad join in the debates and share information about activities designed to bring attention to the human rights abuses in the kingdom, ruled by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch.

The research, published in Ecquid Novi African Journalism Studies, looked at a number of blogs, Facebook sites and a Google discussion group to study what they were publishing and see how people used them to share information.

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