Is the media free to report without fear or favour in Swaziland? Article 24 of Swaziland’s 2005 constitution guarantees freedom of speech and freedom the media. In practice, however, many question if these freedoms truly exist.
On March 8 and 9, 2013, the Media Institute of Southern Africa, a non-profit that defends free speech, convened a conference of Swazi civil society members – to listen to their challenges and help them get their voices into the media.
This footage in this video was filmed on the sidelines of the conference.
The Kingdom of Swaziland is a landlocked country in sub-Saharan Africa, wedged between South Africa and Mozambique. The population is just over one million. Life expectancy is 40 years. The prime minister and many parliamentarians are appointed by King Mswati III, who has ruled since 1986.
Bill filmed and edited this film in 2013 when working at MISA-Swaziland. He was in Swaziland to monitor the media, conduct research and train journalists from 2012-2015.