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Egyptian radio show - 27th October 2014 - interview with Bill Snaddon, Australian Research & Communications Officer working in Swaziland

Jerry Guirguis interview Bill Snaddon, Research & Communications Officer at Media Institute of Southern Africa [ MISA- Swaziland ], will be speaking to us Live-to-air on 96.5FM, here on the Egyptian radio show [ Monday 27th October 2014, Melbourne ].

Mr Bill Snaddon completed a Commerce and Arts Degree at Monash before doing the Honours in History.

With an Honours Degree in History, followed by a Thesis on Homelessness in Australia for the period 1970 – 2008, Bill Snaddon is now a Research & Communications Officer in Swaziland, working for MISA-Swaziland for the past 2 years, with great self censoring ability, has build MISA-Swaziland website to promote and defend Free speech in Swaziland.

 6:30pm – Our 1st special guests tonight is Bill Snaddon, Australian Freelance Journalist, working in Swaziland, one of the smallest countries in Africa, Swaziland is the last absolute monarchy in Africa, currently ruled by King Mswati III, the King is the head of state and appoints the prime minister and a number of representatives of both chambers of parliament.

Swaziland is a developing country, with small economy, the Sawzi population [ 1.2 million ] faces health issues, HIV/AIDS is the highest in the world with 1/4 of the population are affected, life expectancy is 48 years, was a British protectorate from 1903 until 1967, regaining independence on 6thSeptember 1968.

 

 

Bill Snaddon

Research & Communications officer : 

[email protected] ]

[  http://arts.monash.edu.au/history/students/bill-snaddon.php ]

 

Hi and welcome, can we start with;

 

            You’ve been working for MISA-Swaziland for the past 2 years, self censoring in a Monarch

            Tell us about MISA – Promoting and Defending Free Speech in Swaziland [ http://misaswaziland.com/ ]

 

            How do you get to Swaziland ?

                        Fly from Sydney to Johannesburg to Matsapha International Airport [ opened 1961 ]

                        This blog, written by Richard Rooney, who is based is Botswana, has good info on the kingdom: [  http://swazimedia.blogspot.com.au/ ]

 

            Let’s talk about your recent blog / Jargon Sensitive column in Times Swaziland – Congratulations Dr Grace – The First Philosopher

             [  http://jargonsensitive.wordpress.com/ ] 8th October 2014

           

            Let’s talk about BHEKI MAKHUBU, Respected Swazi editor, Won CNN Award in October 2014, Now in Jail !!! , WHY ?

                        http://edition.cnn.com/WORLD/africa/africanawards/finalists_2014.html

 

Let’s talk about French journalists Thomas Charles Dandois and Marie Valentine Bourrat, jailed for 4 months and fined Rp 2 million [ US$174 ] each for alleged Visa violations, Article 122 of Law No.8/2011 on immigration, by carrying out journalistic activities while using Tourists Visas, Jayapura District Court [ Papua, Indonesia ]

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/10/24/4-months-jail-sought-frenc...]

            Jakarta Post Friday 24th October 2014 [ Nethy Dharma Somba ]

 

            Let’s talk about our Australian Peter Creste, just completed 300 days in Egyptian jail

 

 

HOW CAN WE HELP ?

To assist Swazi journalist Bheki Makhubu and The Nation magazine, please go to; 

http://misaswaziland.com/2014/08/05/friends-of-the-nation-can-now-help-embattled-swazi-magazine-sets-up-legal-assistance-fund-as-court-battles-continue/

 

check out a new campaign led by Robert F Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights under the title #SwaziJustice [  http://rfkcenter.org/swazijustice ]

 

 

Jerry Guirguis                                                

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