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@fojo_int @forfreemedia @IFEX @OSISA @NLinZimbabwe @euinzim @MISARegional @TabaniMoyo @MISA_Swaziland @misazambia @NamMediaTrust An official at the Qatar Embassy in Mbabane temporarily detained two senior Swazi Times journalists on Friday 4 October 2018 in what can only be described as a blatant violation of media freedom rights.

#mediafreedom #eSwatini

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@fojo_int @forfreemedia @IFEX @OSISA @NLinZimbabwe @euinzim @MISARegional @TabaniMoyo @MISA_Swaziland @misazambia @NamMediaTrust Senior Times reporter Welcome Dlamini and Business Editor Kwanele Dhladhla visited the Embassy for an interview with the Qatari Acting Ambassador to eSwatini, Yaqoub Yousuf Al Mulla.

#mediafreedom #eswatini

@zweli_martin @SwaziTimes
@fojo_int @forfreemedia @IFEX @OSISA @NLinZimbabwe @euinzim @MISARegional @TabaniMoyo @MISA_Swaziland @misazambia @NamMediaTrust @zweli_martin @SwaziTimes The two journalists were conducting investigations into a story that involved Al Mulla. Reports say Al Mulla confirmed that he was involved in the said matter. However, he tried to persuade the two journalists to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
@fojo_int @forfreemedia @IFEX @OSISA @NLinZimbabwe @euinzim @MISARegional @TabaniMoyo @MISA_Swaziland @misazambia @NamMediaTrust @zweli_martin @SwaziTimes Dlamini & Dhladhla refused to sign the non-disclosure agreement saying the story they were investigating was of public interest. The journalists tried to negotiate by offering to publish the story without naming the diplomat or their country of origin.
@fojo_int @forfreemedia @IFEX @OSISA @NLinZimbabwe @euinzim @MISARegional @TabaniMoyo @MISA_Swaziland @misazambia @NamMediaTrust @zweli_martin @SwaziTimes The journalist’s offer was not acceptable to Al Mulla. At that point, the diplomat summoned Embassy security and ordered that the journalists should not be released before the signing of the non-disclosure agreement.

#mediafreedom #eswatini
@fojo_int @forfreemedia @IFEX @OSISA @NLinZimbabwe @euinzim @MISARegional @TabaniMoyo @MISA_Swaziland @misazambia @NamMediaTrust @zweli_martin @SwaziTimes Al Mulla went on to call the eSwatini police in charge of the diplomatic section and reported that Dlamini and Dhladhla had broken into the Embassy because they had neither an appointment nor permission to be at the Embassy.

#mediafreedom #eswatini
@fojo_int @forfreemedia @IFEX @OSISA @NLinZimbabwe @euinzim @MISARegional @TabaniMoyo @MISA_Swaziland @misazambia @NamMediaTrust @zweli_martin @SwaziTimes Position: @misazimbabwe condemns the arbitrary arrests, detentions of journalists & reiterates that #Journalismisnotacrime. In the past 3 months, MISA has recorded at least 4 media violations against media practitioners in #Eswatini.

@fojo_int @forfreemedia @IFEX @OSISA @NLinZimbabwe @euinzim @MISARegional @TabaniMoyo @MISA_Swaziland @misazambia @NamMediaTrust @zweli_martin @SwaziTimes Sadly, the perpetrators of the violations recorded thus far involve state officials and organs who should actually ensure that journalists perform their duties without hindrance.

#mediafreedom #Eswatini
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