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Eswatini newspaper silenced from printing terror suspects’ confessions implicating leaders

February 9, 2023

State security and freedom of expression have once again collided in Eswatini, Africa’s last absolute monarchy.

A high court temporary interdict on Wednesday on that country’s biggest newspaper, the Times of Eswatini, stopped them from continuing to publish a series of articles based on the confessions of two terror suspects. This follows a spate of attacks, killings, and burning of property in the strife-torn country.

The two Swazi men, Sibusiso Nxumalo and Lucky Muzi Mnisi, were arrested and have allegedly confessed to the crimes, implicating various leaders.

Since the beginning of the week, the Times has been carrying sensational accounts from their purported confessions, giving intimate details of the alleged plotting and execution of various attacks around the country.

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