MBABANE: Journalist and Swati Newsweek editor Eugene Dube has warned that eSwatini media has been reduced into a praise singing machinery for the Tinkhundla regime that forced about 700 000 citizens into poverty.
Speaking during an interview with this Swaziland News on Wednesday morning, Dube said journalists shouldn\'t be aligned to any system of government.
\"The editor’s forum is an armpit of the Tinkhundla regime, the Swaziland National Association of Journalists (SNAJ) which is mostly dominated by journalists from the Times of Swaziland has joined the Swazi Observer in supporting the Monarchy which is repressive and abusing resources. They are quick to ask us to apologize when we criticize the Monarch, which is wrong. We need to exercise our right to freedom of expression as enshrined in the constitution. As journalists we need to understand our power and influence to the Nation. We need to report on the truth, especially at the times when government is squandering our resources\" he said.
The seasoned journalist also noted that corrupt governments like the Tinkhundla government abuse the COVID 19 regulations to harass journalists. He said journalists are there to hold governments accountable, they serve the interests of the society through disseminating accurate information. He further mentioned that digital media has helped in liberating oppressed masses in the Middle East and it can also be used to liberate Emaswati.
\"Digital media plays a huge role in bringing democracy. It can mobilise the masses to speak in one voice against an oppressive systems just like the Tinkhundla regime”said the Swati News editor.
Journalist Eugene Dube