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MISA concerned about press freedom

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) is to ask the United Nations and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) to intervene against perceived repression of the media, reports said on Monday. According to the reports MISA took this resolution after a five-day conference in Swaziland, seen as one of the main offenders. The Swazi Observer was forced to close after a journalist allegedly refused to disclose his sources. In another case, the editor of the Times of Swaziland’s Sunday edition was fired for publishing a defamatory article about the king’s latest fiancée.

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