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2014-04-16 Court Cannot Curb Support for Editor
[Swazi Media]Police and court officials in Swaziland have been caught on the hop by the support given to the magazine editor and human rights lawyer presently in jail awaiting trial on charges arising from criticisms they made of the judiciary in the kingdom.

2014-04-16 Media Urged to Be More Gender-Sensitive
[Gender Links]Gender equality in media content and practice remains a dream for Swaziland as revealed at the SADC Protocol@Work Summit that started on 14 April 2014 at Esibayeni Lodge in Matsapha, Swaziland and runs until 16 April 2014. Comfort Mabuza, the National Media Facilitator for Swaziland revealed this hard fact at the official opening of the summit and called for the media to critique itself as an institution.

2014-04-15 Continued Incarceration for Respected Journalist and Lawyer
[MISA-Swaziland]Another week in jail for journalist Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko. High Court judge Mpendulo Simelane refuses to remove himself from the case. Defence lawyers argued that Simelane cannot be objective because he is a subject of criticism in the opinion articles that have landed Makhubu and Maseko in detention on criminal contempt charges. During a recusal l hearing yesterday at Swaziland's high court, lawyers for Makhubu and Maseko argued that the ordinary person on the street perceiv

2014-04-15 King Diverts Wealth From His Subjects
[Swazi Media]Swaziland's autocratic King Mswati III holds assets worth E1.39 billion (US$140 million) in the vast Tibiyo TakaNgwane conglomerate of companies that he owns 'in trust for the nation'.

2014-04-15 African Union Launches Internet Exchange Point in Swaziland
[CIO]The Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology of Kingdom of Swaziland in partnership with the African Union's Infrastructure and Energy Department and Internet Society have launched an Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Swaziland.

2014-04-13 Police Abduct Democracy Leaders
[Swazi Media]Police in Swaziland illegally abducted prodemocracy leaders on Saturday (12 April 2014), drove them up to 30 kilometres away, and dumped them to prevent them taking part in a meeting calling for freedom in the kingdom.

2014-04-15 Minister Mabuza Officially Opens the SADC Protocol At Work Swaziland Summit
[Gender Links]Approximately 54 participants are battling it out in this year's Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol@Work Summit in Swaziland being held under the banner, "Yes we must". The summit runs from 14 to 16 April 2014.

2014-04-15 SADC Gender Protocol Barometer 2013 Swaziland
[Gender Links]This is the fifth annual tracking report of Swaziland's performance against the 28 targets of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development set for 2015.

2014-04-10 Editor, Lawyer Face Arrest - Again
[Swazi Media]Warrants were issued for the re-arrest of the editor of the Nation magazine Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko in Swaziland on Wednesday (9 April 2014).

2014-04-11 'Stop Treating Us Like Children' - Lawyer Dresses Down Judge in Swaziland's High Court
[MISA-Swaziland]A prominent human rights lawyer in Swaziland, who is currently detained behind bars for writing an opinion piece questioning the independence of the country's judiciary, dressed down a high court judge yesterday, telling the judge to stop treating him like a child.

2014-04-11 Swaziland Editor, Lawyer Re-Arrested After Release From Jail
[CPJ]New York -Arrested veteran editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko three days after they had been released from prison, according to news reports. The two, who were first jailed on March 18 and held until Sunday, had written articles that criticized Swaziland's chief justice, the reports said.

2014-04-11 Cosatu Condemns Intensified Arrests By the Mswati Regime
[COSATU]COSATU joins TUCOSWA and the millions of people all over the world in condemning the unlawful and brutal persecution of Swazi activists, with the recent arrests and re-arrests of well known lawyer and human rights activist, Thulani Maseko and Editor of the Nation Magazine, Bheki Makhubu for openly expressing their views and rejecting the royal-tailored judicial crisis in the country.

2014-04-09 Public Banned From King's New Airport
[Swazi Media]The Swazi public have been banned from visiting the new King Mswati III Airport in Swaziland in case they wear out floor tiles in the passenger lounge.

2014-04-10 Back to Jail for Editor and Lawyer
[Swazi Media]Swaziland's justice system was in a state of confusion on Thursday (10 April 2014) when magazine editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko were remanded in custody until 14 April 2014, despite having been released by the High Court only last Sunday (5 April 2014) after spending 20 days in jail.

2014-04-09 Does Chief Justice Know the Law?
[Swazi Media]Either Swaziland's Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi does not understand the law in the kingdom, or he chooses not to apply it.

2014-04-09 1,000 People in Jail for Being Poor
[Swazi Media]More than 1,000 people are in jail in Swaziland because they are too poor to pay fines. That is nearly three in ten of the entire prison population.

2014-04-08 Confusion Over Editor's 'Re-Arrest'
[Swazi Media]There was widespread confusion in Swaziland on Tuesday (8 April 2014) regarding the status of Nation magazine editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko.

2014-04-07 Ambassadors Support Jailed Writers
[Swazi Media]The European Union Ambassador to Swaziland Nicole Bellomo and the US Ambassador to Swaziland Makila James both visited the High Court on Friday (4 April 2014) in solidarity with the magazine editor Bheki Makhubu and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko who have been jailed on remand after writing articles critical of Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi and the Swazi judiciary.

2014-04-04 Social Media First With the News
[Swazi Media]Social media in Swaziland are beating mainstream media to the punch in the coverage of the arrest and jailing of a magazine editor and a human rights lawyer.

2014-04-04 Detained Journalist Appears in Court in Leg Irons
[RSF]Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the inhuman and degrading treatment of Bheki Makhubu, the editor of The Nation, an independent news monthly, who has been held for the past two weeks on a contempt of court charge for criticizing Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi.

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