Swaziland. According to
Countryaah official website, Bheki Makhubu, editor at The Times of
Swaziland, was forced to leave his post in September after
the newspaper was subjected to political pressure. The Times
Sunday supplement had published two articles claiming that
King Mswati's latest wife - 18 years old - had failed in her
studies and was suspended from two schools after she showed
lack of discipline. A state prosecutor brought up the case,
and Makhubu was arrested accused of trying to put the royal
house on bad days. Makhubu was released at the end of
September against bail pending trial.
In November, King Mswati presented a national development
plan for the next five years. The plan contained no
proposals for parliamentary democracy or political freedom
of expression and therefore received harsh criticism.