No media freedom

A small enclave within South Africa, King Mswati III’s Swaziland is an absolute monarchy where journalists cannot work freely and access to information is difficult. The courts cannot try cases involving the monarchy, any criticism of the government is liable to be prosecuted, and self-censorship is routine. Bheki Makhubu, one of the rare journalists to criticize institutional abuses, was sentenced to two years in prison in 2014 and was finally released after a year of campaigning.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



153 in 2016

Global score


52.37 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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