Swaziland: Users bypass censored media with Social Media

Tech savvy individuals have turned to social media websites like Facebook and Twitter in order to access news that is not censored or governed in any way.Individuals also utilise the service in order to bypass mainstream media which includes: television, radio and newspapers. This is according to a report jointly published by the Media Institute of Southern Africa and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

With the media being state controlled, media based in Swaziland can be heavily censored. The report called “Youth Usage of Social Media in Swaziland” has claimed that, “The young people have welcomed the emergence of social media because, among others, it affords them an opportunity not only to interact, but also enjoy the fundamental right to freedom of expression provided in Section 24 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Swaziland adopted in 2005.”

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