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Attacks on the Press 2003: Swaziland

King Mswati III, ruler of Africa's only absolute monarchy, retained tight control over the media in this tiny southern African nation in 2003. In April, newly appointed Information Minister Abednego Ntshangase announced a censorship policy for state media, saying that "the national television and radio stations are not going to cover anything that has a negative bearing on government." Ntshangase specifically indicated that state broadcasters would not be allowed to cover the controversy surrounding the government's plans to purchase a luxury jet for King Mswati.
March 11, 2004 12:01 PM ET
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