A year has passed since the respected journalist Bheki Makhubu was jailed in Africa’s last absolute monarchy. Reporters Without Borders is appalled by his unjustified two-year prison sentence for contempt of court.

misa xmas articleThe editor of monthly magazine The Nation, Bheki Makhubu, is one of the few journalists in Swaziland willing to hold the ruling elite to account. For his efforts, he has now spent a year in Sidwashini prison, just north of the capital Mbabane. Chief Justice Michael Ramadobedi summarily remanded him in custody in March 2014 on a charge of contempt of court.

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I co-authored this article with Reporters Without Borders. It was published on 17 March 2015.