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2 e.tv journalists held in Swaziland

2012-04-11 13:27

Johannesburg - Two e.tv journalists have been detained in Swaziland, eNews Africa editor Chris Maroleng said on Wednesday.

"I can confirm that two of our journalists were detained at a roadblock outside Mbabane shortly after 09:00 today," he said.

"What we are aware of is that the two are currently being questioned at a police station in the capital."

The passports of journalist Tumaole Mohlaoli and cameraman Meshack Dube were confiscated.

"They have been told that they are not under arrest and they are just being detained," said Maroleng.

No reason was given for this.

He said eNews Africa was monitoring the developments.

"We are committed to media freedom and we hope that the Swazi authorities will respect the basic human rights of our crew, who were deployed on a legitimate story to cover activities in Swaziland."

It was unclear if their equipment was also seized.

Comments
  • Cassius - 2012-04-11 13:36

    i hope they release Tumelo

      Farmworker - 2012-04-11 13:41

      Holding thumbs for you, I believe he is your friend because in the article they refer to him as Tumaole

      Nkululeko - 2012-04-11 13:51

      May be they shud donate for the king for his birthday party who knows they mite freed.

      Mogaki - 2012-04-11 13:52

      Farmworker - he is a great guy, journalist and a good friend.

      Theo - 2012-04-11 14:10

      and to hell with his bubby NICE

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-11 13:38

    Anyone please tell me this Mswati guy isn't worse than the Apartheid government ever was.

      Farmworker - 2012-04-11 13:40

      No nothing under the sun can be compare to apartheid

      Greg - 2012-04-11 14:01

      Oh please Farmworker, get over it... Jews in Germany had it far worse than blacks ever did under the apartheid regime!!

      Farmworker - 2012-04-11 14:17

      @Greg what are you saying exactly, that we must just be happy

      Greg - 2012-04-12 14:43

      @Farmworker - Not at all, I'm saying stop making out like apartheid was the worst thing that ever happened in human history ...there were far worse...so really, get over it...

      Greg - 2012-04-12 14:47

      ...and furthermore, no, don't be happy, but don't be spiteful either, it was in the past and that is now exactly that, the past, let's move on and forget all that and try and build a prosperous South Africa... i.e. Get another government!!

  • mnbain - 2012-04-11 13:38

    Yay, lets give them a few more billion

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-11 13:38

    How do you explain this? I love politics especially inevitable realities about how countries operate. If they were SABC's would they be detained? If not, why ETV's are? Wake up and smell the coffee.

      npretorius2 - 2012-04-11 14:08

      @siya, please elaborate on your theories...

      siyadyosiba - 2012-04-11 14:27

      ETV in its stance of "impartiality" and reporting almost everything is not gonna win in some countries. Some countries know that there is information that doesn't fit for public knowledge. Hence, the info bill move by the ANC.

  • mbshoko - 2012-04-11 13:45

    Typical of autocratic countries! Why the arrests???

  • Mogaki - 2012-04-11 13:51

    Tumaole Mohlaoli was 'arrested' years back in Zim and now Swazi has 'detained' him. Tough job my brother, hope they let you guys out asap.

  • Trotse - 2012-04-11 13:54

    is this even allowed?

  • Lunga - 2012-04-11 14:05

    Eish, but comrade Mohlaoli is always getting himself into a pickle in foreign countries.

  • Henry - 2012-04-11 14:05

    This doesn't come as a surprise to me (I saw it coming) after e-tv reported about the Swazi king ordering for some cows from the residents (which) some residents deny and after Justice Malala (Justice factor) named that King, the loser of the week, I knew that it wouldn't sound well to the Swaziland authorities and there would be some consequenses. Swaziland has a bone to pick with e-tv. We'll wait and see. You'll mark my words, something is not right, since those comments about the Swazi King.

  • Henry - 2012-04-11 14:05

    This doesn't come as a surprise to me (I saw it coming) after e-tv reported about the Swazi king ordering for some cows from the residents (which) some residents deny and after Justice Malala (Justice factor) named that King, the loser of the week, I knew that it wouldn't sound well to the Swaziland authorities and there would be some consequenses. Swaziland has a bone to pick with e-tv. We'll wait and see. You'll mark my words, something is not right, since those comments about the Swazi King.

  • Henry - 2012-04-11 14:06

    This doesn't come as a surprise to me (I saw it coming) after e-tv reported about the Swazi king ordering for some cows from the residents (which) some residents deny and after Justice Malala (Justice factor) named that King, the loser of the week, I knew that it wouldn't sound well to the Swaziland authorities and there would be some consequenses. Swaziland has a bone to pick with e-tv. We'll wait and see. You'll mark my words, something is not right, since those comments about the Swazi King.

  • Phumi - 2012-04-11 14:06

    Swaziland is a soveriegn country and has every right to protect itself whenever they percieve security breach occured. We do not know if these journalists had a proper work permit even to be there or any sort of documentation that is legitimate to enter Swaziland! South Africa should learn to respect the soveriengity of other countries no matter how relevent they are economically!

      Andrew - 2012-04-11 15:49

      @Phumi, always the upholder of the righteous.Jounalists are the world over covering news items good or bad. If they did not have passports how did they enter into Swaziland, and I am not sure if they need work permits but what is puzzling they were not arrested but only detained.

  • Junebugg - 2012-04-11 14:22

    They should return our 2Billion then, shower head must start acting

  • Michael - 2012-04-11 14:55

    Uhm, eNews is not suppose to \monitor the developments\, the SA Government is suppose to do that, actually there's nothing to monito. Give our citizens back, or... Tired of this spineless government. Time the SA Government (*read ANC) take a stand for its citizens, or is it the same as the \Nigerian fiasco.....\

  • Charcoal - 2012-04-11 15:00

    The reason why journalists will be detained especially tomorrow (April 12) is because the King is by any means necessary trying to make it seem as if his Tinkhundla system is working and we are the peaceful country that he continuously tells you we are.

  • Busisiwe - 2012-04-11 15:23

    swaziland nid 2 improve their lives by votng

  • rnkambule - 2012-04-11 15:53

    Swaziland!!!! Swaziland!!! Those ppl just make their own rules over night. How on earth can they say they have not arrested these journos whislt they in their police station and under questions?

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