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2014-08-29 'Huge Drop in Numbers At Reed Dance'
[Swazi Media]At least 40,000 fewer young Swazi women are taking part in this year's annual Umhlanga or Reed Dance ceremony than in 2013 if newspaper reports in Swaziland are correct.

2014-08-28 Continuing Clamp Down On Free Speech in Swaziland
[SALC]Johannesburg -The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) expresses its deepest concern at reports from Swaziland that Vincent Ncongwane, the secretary general of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA), was prevented from speaking at a gathering in Matsapha yesterday.

2014-08-27 Giving the Private Sector a Voice in SACU
[SAIIA]While the oldest functioning customs union in the world can boast impressive longevity, the relationship between its member states - South Africa and Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland (BLNS) - is characterised by greater animosity than harmony.

2014-08-27 Swaziland Is Moving Towards Commercial Farming
[FAO]Mbabane/Rome -EU-FAO backed government initiative has put thousands of farmers on a new track

2014-08-27 Police Stop Workers From Praying
[Swazi Media]Police in Swaziland stopped an open-air prayer meeting because leaders of workers' unions were present.

2014-08-27 'Misbehaving' Girls Face Public Whipping
[Swazi Media]Girls who do not turn up for King Mswati III at the forthcoming annual Umhlanga Reed Dance in Swaziland will be publicly whipped.

2014-08-26 Terror Charge for Shouting Slogan
[Swazi Media]Charged with terrorism for shouting 'viva PUDEMO'

2014-08-26 Govt Maintains Tight Grip On National Broadcasters
[MISA-Swaziland]Swaziland minister for information, communication and technology Dumisani Ndlangamandla said the national TV and radio stations are primarily there to serve the interests of the state, reported daily newspaper Times of Swaziland last week.

2014-08-25 Democrat Leader 'Critically Ill' in Jail
[Swazi Media]Swaziland's People's United Democratic Movement's (PUDEMO) has reported that its President Mario Masuku has fallen 'critically ill' in prison where he is on remand awaiting trial on a sedition charge.

2014-08-25 South Africa and Swaziland 2014-15 Chevening Scholars Briefing
[PR Newswire]London -British High Commissioner Judith Macgregor briefs the 2014-15 scholars from South Africa and Swaziland, before they depart for the UK

2014-08-22 Airlink Forced to Use King's Airport
[Swazi Media]The Airline part owned by the Swazi Government is to be forced to move its operations to the King Mswati III Airport, which opened in March 2014 but has not seen a single commercial aircraft land since.

2014-08-22 Swazi Editor Tells SA Media to Stop Distorting Swazi Stories
[MISA-Swaziland]The Times of Swaziland has reported that the South African media should stop distorting stories about the kingdom.

2014-08-21 Swazi Chief Justice Michael Ramodibedi Blasts Media - Times of Swaziland
[MISA-Swaziland]"The office of the chief justice takes this opportunity to warn the media from commenting adversely on cases pending in court," said a statement issued by the CJ's office, according to the Times of Swaziland.

2014-08-20 Jailed Magazine Editor to Appeal
[Swazi Media]The Swaziland magazine editor Bheki Makhubu, jailed for two years for writing articles critical of Swazi judges, is to appeal against his sentence.

2014-08-20 No Let Up On Swazi Media Censorship
[Swazi Media]The Swaziland Government will not let up on its control of state radio, Minister of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Dumisani Ndlangamandla said.

2014-08-20 Media Muzzled in Africa's Last Absolute Monarchy
[VOA]Johannesburg -Media freedom is under attack in the African kingdom of Swaziland, claim journalists who say they face constant harassment. The journalists from Africa's last absolute monarchy say the king has throttled the media to advance his own interests and protect his wealth in a nation with some of the world's highest rates of poverty, unemployment and AIDS.

2014-08-19 Respected Swazi Journalist Bheki Makhubu Files Appeal Against 2 Year Jail Term for Criminal Contempt of Court Conviction
[MISA-Swaziland]In the appeal papers, according to local media, lawyers for Makhubu say judge Mpendulo Simelane erred on several matters when convicting the editor of The Nation magazine.

2014-08-15 King Misleads On Agoa Withdrawal
[Swazi Media]King Mswati III is misleading his subjects and the world at large when he says he does not know why the United States is withdrawing a preferential trading status from his kingdom.

2014-08-15 South Africa Expels Swazi Activists
[Swazi Media]Three Swazi political activists who were denied political asylum in South Africa are expected to leave the country on Friday (15 August 2014).

2014-08-14 Unions Demand Answers Over Agoa Loss
[VOA]The general secretary of the Trade Union Congress of Swaziland (TUCOSWA) says members will protest Minister of Labor and Social Security Winnie Magagula's appearance before parliament on Thursday.

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