Thoughts on media freedom under Swaziland’s “monarchical democracy”

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Cars queue up for petrol on a street in Mbabane, Eswatini, on 3 July 2021, as a tense calm returned to the country after days of widespread pro-democracy protests, -/AFP via Getty Images

Two South African journalists tortured by Swazi authorities

“New Frame” journalists Magnificent Mndebele and Cebelihle Mbuyisa were detained, assaulted and forced to delete footage of the funeral of a police shooting victim, which they had just attended.

The King of Eswatini Mswati III walks past the guard of honor as he is welcomed by the President of Senegal, during a visit to Dakar, 5 July 2019, Alaattin Dogru/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Concerns about freedom of expression violations expressed in letter to King Mswati III

IFEX is among the groups that have endorsed a MISA letter to King Mswati III expressing deep worry and calling on authorities to do everything possible to ensure that media workers are protected and are not subject to wanton attacks by security forces.

A vendor checks her phone, outside the Oshoek border-post on the South African side of the border with Eswatini, 2 July 2021, as calm returned to Eswatini after days of pro-democracy protests. RODGER BOSCH/AFP via Getty Images

Joint Petition on the need to ensure internet availability at all times in Eswatini

IFEX joined a number of groups in petitioning the Prime Minister to ensure that the internet, social media platforms, and all other communication channels are open, secure, and accessible regardless of the protests that were taking place in Eswatini.