Swaziland: Persecution of eTV Journalists

April 11, 2012

Local Democracy Campaign Condemns Persecution of eTV Journalists by Police

Swazi teachers protest (file photo courtesy Swazi Media Commentary) SDC has been reliably informed that journalists working for the South African media house, the e-TV have been briefly detained at the Oshoek Border post and then escorted to Mbabane, with all their equipment confiscated by the Swazi Police.

The e-TV crew was on its way to report about the marches taking place in Swaziland in commemoration of the 39th anniversary of the 1973 king's decree that literally enslaved and imprisoned Swazis perpetually.

SDC also condemns the banning of the upcoming protests inside Swaziland and the harassment and detention of Sifiso Mabuza, Musa Sifundza and Sizolwethu.

We call on the world to join the Swazi people in condemning these barbaric acts by the backward forces of the Mswati regime.

We further call on every South African and all nations of the world to stand up and join the various activities organised world-wide by the Swaziland Democracy Campaign (SDC) together with its parent body, the Swaziland United Democratic Front (SUDF), particularly for tomorrow, the 12th April.

We demand freedom of expression and the right of journalists to freely cover the events in Swaziland so that the world can know that the myth of a peaceful country, unquestioningly accepting royal autocracy in the name of Swazi culture, is a fallacy and lie.

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