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And in Swaziland today:- Twitter Critique of King banned – The Guardian

In Nonsense on March 26, 2012 at 12:19

His Majesty King Mswati III, King of Swa

The king and i: Swaziland plans social media-less-majesty law 

Swaziland is planning a censorship law that will ban Facebook and Twitter users from criticising its autocratic ruler, King Mswati III.

Africa’s last absolute monarch is facing growing protests over his undemocratic regime, which has pushed the tiny mountain kingdom to the brink of bankruptcy.

But Mswati’s justice minister, Mgwagwa Gamedze, told the Swazi senate: “We will be tough on those who write bad things about the king on Twitter and Facebook. We want to set an example.”

The government was finalising a law that will make it illegal to insult the king on social networks, Gamedze said.

The move follows comments last week by the Swazi senator Thuli Msane over how online activism was spiralling out of control and threatening the king’s reputation. “It’s like, the moment Swazi people cross the border to neighbouring countries they begin to go on a campaign to disrespect their own country and king,” she said. “Surely there is something that must be done with them. There must be a law that can take them to task.”

 

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