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De Klerk Foundation: Media Freedom is Threatened

The FW De Klerk Foundation expresses concern about possible threats to media freedom in South Africa on World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2014, under the theme which reflects the media’s importance in development, the safety of journalists and the rule of law as well as the sustainability and integrity of journalism.

The Foundation’s spokesperson, Jacques du Preez announces that while media freedom was protected by the Constitution when weighed against the theme for this year’s Press Freedom Day, South Africa did not appear to entirely measure up.

Angola Defends Human Rights

Angola’s justice minister, Rui Mangueira, states that the Angolan nation has, since the proclamation of independence, promoted and defended the rights and freedoms of human beings, both individually and organised in social groups.

According to Mangueira, such rights are guaranteed by the legislative, executive and judicial powers, through their organs and institutions, as stipulated in various international legal instruments.

MISA Criticises SADC Over Inequality

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) has noted that women are still not being considered as news makers in most countries in the Southern Africa Community Development (SADC) region.

MISA Lesotho national director, Tsebo Mats’asa, says statistics show that women were not still not news makers in the region as such there is need to continue putting interventions that will ensure that women’s voices are heard.

NGO Urges Zambia to Act on KCM

Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) says the government must keep an eye on Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and act decisively to protect Zambians' interests in the mine.

Commenting on the protests by scores of people in London against Vedanta Resources, the majority shareholder in Konkola Copper Mines, SARW country coordinator, Edward Lange, says the mineral resources in Zambia are being literally looted because the mining communities and the country at large are not seeing tangible benefits.

Police: AIDS Project Pays Men to be Gay

According to a newspaper report, Ugandan police are accusing a United States-funded AIDS project for paying young men to become homosexuals.

The Daily Monitor quotes police as saying that the Walter Reed Project, which provides treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS, had been ‘infiltrated’ by officers and was found to be recruiting gays.

Child Labour Remains Rampant in Malawi

Ministry of labour expresses concern over continued child labour practices in the country despite government's and development partners' efforts to stamp out the malpractice.

Chief labour officer in the ministry, Paul Gondwe, states that the elimination of child labour remains a challenge in Malawi due to several factors such as poverty, social and cultural practices.

Gondwe warns that, “The vicious circle of poverty which has been worsened by HIV and AIDS impacts negatively on child wellbeing and development as in some cases children have to fend for themselves.”

Swazi Police Abduct Pro-Democracy Leaders

Swaziland police officers have illegally abducted prodemocracy leaders over the weekend, drove them 30 kilometres away, and dumped them to prevent them from taking part in a meeting calling for freedom in the kingdom.

The police officers staged roadblocks on all major roads leading to Swaziland's main commercial city, Manzini, where protests were to be held.

Call to Exempt Hospitals From Pre-Paid Meters

Minister of Copperbelt - copper mining area of Central Africa which runs in Zambia - Mwenya Musenge, has appealed to Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited (ZESCO) to consider exempting health institutions from its prepaid meters installation project.

Musenge believes that in as much as ZESCO is supplying power to the public, it needs to revisit the issue of pre-paid meters in health institutions.

He further states that government is committed to ensuring that the majority of the population gained access to electricity and energy country wide.

Gays Divided Over HIV Prevention Drug

A drug hailed as a lifesaver for many people infected by HIV is at the heart of a rancorous debate among gay men, AIDS activists and health professionals over its potential for protecting uninfected men who engage in gay sex without using condoms.

Many doctors and activists see immense promise for such preventive use of Truvada, and are campaigning to raise awareness of it as a crucial step toward reducing new HIV infections, which now total about 50 000 a year in the United States.

Swaziland Releases Detained Editor, Lawyer

A Swaziland editor and a rights lawyer who were arrested over an article said to be in contempt of court were freed on Sunday after a judge nullified their arrest.

Judge Mumcy Dlamini rejected a warrant of arrest for Bheki Makhubu, the editor of the Nation magazine, and lawyer Thulani Maseko, who is a columnist at the magazine, saying it is not in line with the law.

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