Swaziland / Africa

Journalists attacked in Swaziland since 1992

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Swazi editor flees to South Africa, wanted in false news investigation

May 15, 2020 11:00 AM ET

In the early morning of February 25, 2020, police in the Manzini region of Swaziland raided the home of Zweli Martin Dlamini, the editor of the privately owned news website Swaziland News, and arrested him, according to media reports and the journalist, who spoke to CPJ via messaging app....

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Swaziland journalists harassed, threatened with treason charges over reporting on king

April 30, 2020 5:05 PM ET

New York, April 30, 2020 -- Swaziland police should stop intimidating and harassing local journalists for reporting critically about King Mswati III and should allow them to write freely without the threat of treason charges, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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CPJ calls on SADC heads of state to prioritize press freedom and the safety of journalists

August 16, 2019 12:32 PM ET

CPJ writes to the executive secretary and heads of state of the Southern African Development Community ahead of the 39th Ordinary Summit, urging them to prioritize press freedom and the safety of journalists in SADC.

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Qatar embassy in Swaziland briefly detains two journalists

October 25, 2018 1:23 PM ET

Security staff detained two Times of Swaziland journalists for more than an hour at the Qatar Embassy in Swaziland's capital, Mbabane, on October 5, 2018, according to a statement by the local chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA). The journalists were detained after a senior diplomat...

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Swaziland releases Bheki Makhubu after 15 months in jail

June 30, 2015 11:38 AM ET

New York, June 30, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes today's decision by the Swaziland Supreme Court to release from prison Bheki Makhubu, the editor of The Nation, who has been in jail since March 2014 along with human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko, after the crown prosecution said it would...

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Outdated secrecy laws stifle the press in South Africa

April 27, 2015 11:01 AM ET

Nelson Mandela regularly harangued the media once he'd been freed after 27 years of imprisonment by South Africa's apartheid government. He would call individual journalists when he liked or disliked something they had written or when he wanted to advance a political lobby....

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China is world's worst jailer of the press; global tally second worst on record

December 17, 2014 12:01 AM ET

More than 200 journalists are imprisoned for their work for the third consecutive year, reflecting a global surge in authoritarianism. China is the world’s worst jailer of journalists in 2014. A CPJ special report by Shazdeh Omari...

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First US-Africa summit short on press freedom, other human rights

July 31, 2014 5:30 PM ET

Top African and U.S. leaders are meeting next week in Washington in a first-of-its-kind summit focused on African development. But critics argue the summit is flawed in design, overlooking human rights such as freedom of expression and barring civil society actors from bilateral discussions....

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CPJ condemns Swaziland editor's prison sentence

July 25, 2014 12:33 PM ET

Cape Town, July 25, 2014--CPJ is appalled by the two-year prison sentence, without the option of a fine, imposed today on editor of The Nation Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko by the Swaziland High Court in Mbabane. The pair was convicted on contempt of court charges on...

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Editor and lawyer convicted of contempt of court in Swaziland

July 17, 2014 12:52 PM ET

Cape Town, South Africa, July 17, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns today's convictions for contempt of court of an editor and lawyer in Swaziland....

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