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EDITORIAL | Journalists are also casualties in this upheaval

Whether in eSwatini or here at home, the media are under fire

13 July 2021 - 20:30 By sunday times daily

Sunday, July 4: Two SA-based New Frame journalists, Magnificent Mndebele and Cebelihle Mbuyisa, who were covering pro-democracy protests in the tiny mountain kingdom of eSwatini, were assaulted, detained and tortured by security forces. They were forced to delete material from their phones and cameras. These reporters were among the few media on the ground covering the possible fall of Africa’s last absolute monarchy. They were in a key position to investigate reports on social media that dozens of opposition supporters had been killed. An internet blackout followed; all the more reason for the media to have feet on the ground. ..

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