Journalist med livet som indsats

Pressefriheden er under stigende pres i hele verden. Ny dansk dokumentar sætter fokus på tre prominente journalister, hvis artikler fik dem smidt i fængsel.

I dag er det FN’s internationale pressefrihedsdag. Men for mange journalister rundt omkring i verden, er overskriften på deres arbejdsbetingelser overvågning, chikane, fængsling og tortur.

Alene i år er 12 journalister blevet dræbt og 181 sidder i fængsel, Read more of this post

Kongens håndlangere ville dræbe redaktør

Redaktøren for erhvervsavisen Swaziland Shopping skrev en historie om Swazilands enevældige konges lyssky forretninger. Kort tid efter modtog han dødstrusler og måtte flygte til nabolandet Sydafrika.

I juni sidste år skrev og udgav Zweli Martin Dlamini en artikel om Swazi Mobile, et teleselskab der ejes af kong Mswati og administreres af den lokale forretningsmand Victor Gamedze. Read more of this post

Swazi King’s henchmen threaten to kill editor

Swazi editor Zweli Martin Dlamini has fled to neighbouring South Africa after he received death threats. He had written a story about absolute monarch King Mswati III’s shady dealings in the telecommunications industry.

Last June, editor of independent business newspaper Swaziland Shopping Zweli Martin Dlamini wrote and published a story about new telecommunications company Swazi Mobile, owned by King Mswati III and run by local businessman Victor Gamedze. Read more of this post

Klimaet skal på forsiden

Klimaet skaber forholdsmæssigt få forsidehistorier i de danske aviser og medier, selvom den global opvarmnings oversvømmelser, tørke, tsunamier, og orkaner opfylder alle nyhedskriterierne.

Et hurtigt overblik over forsidehistorier, i en tilfældig uge midt i juni 2017 i de landsdækkende medier viser, at blot én brugte ordene ”klima” eller ”global opvarmning”. I samme uge var der fire forsidehistorier eller forsidehenvisninger, der nævnte flygtninge eller terror, og fire om integrationsminister Inger Støjbergs barnebrude. Read more of this post

Klimaet burde være det ultimative forsidestof

Klimaet, der er udgangspunktet for menneskehedens økonomi og levevis, skaber forholdsmæssigt få forsidehistorier i de danske aviser og medier. Dette selvom den global opvarmnings oversvømmelser, tørke, tsunamier, og orkaner opfylder alle nyhedskriterierne.

Et hurtigt overblik over forsidehistorier, i en tilfældig uge midt i juni 2017 i de landsdækkende medier på Infomedia viser, at blot én brugte ordene ”klima” eller ”global opvarmning” (en lille forsidehenvisning i Berlingske Tidende til historien om at ”Carlsberg vil være grønnere”). Read more of this post

Swazi soccer guru harasses journalists with impunity

mwusSoccer guru Victor Gamedze has allegedly assaulted a journalist and ordered another fired because they wrote unfavourable stories about him and his football team. Such media control and self-censorship is commonplace in Swaziland.

Victor Gamedze, an influential, powerful and politically connected businessman, “controls the Swazi Observer Group of Newspapers,” according to last week’s edition of Swaziland Shopping. Gamedze is also the Acting President of the National Football Association of Swaziland, Premier League of Swaziland Chairman and Mbabane Swallows FC owner. Read more of this post

Media workers protest against working conditions at king’s newspaper

MWUSMembers of the Media Workers Union of Swaziland (MWUS) have gathered near the offices of the Swazi Observer for several days to protest low wages, management intimidation and poor working conditions. The union was barred from holding an actual picket by Swaziland’s High Court.

Negotiations between the Swazi Observer, a newspaper in effect owned and controlled by absolute monarch King Mswati III, and MWUS had started in April, but no real progress has been made since they became deadlocked in June. Read more of this post