Swazi editor, MISA Botswana Secretary to head SADC Human Rights Journalists organization
MBABANE: Swaziland News Managing Editor Zweli Martin Dlamini has been elected the Acting President of the newly formed Human Rights Journalists for Southern Africa (HRJSA), a regional media organization that seeks to promote human rights in the SADC region.
The media organization has been formed through a collaboration of independent journalists from Botswana, South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, eSwatini, Mozambique, Malawi and other countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
It seeks to, among others, investigate and expose human rights violations in the SADC countries and further promote collaborations among journalists in the region to speak in one voice against any forms of injustice.
Dlamini who will head the interim Committee was nominated by Billy Ntaote, the editor of the MNN Centre for Investigative Journalism in Lesotho and was seconded by almost all the members of the organization.
Queen Mosarwe, the Acting Secretary General confirmed the election of Dlamini and expressed confidence that he was the right person for the task. Mosarwe, who is the current Media Institute for Southern Africa(MISA) Botswana Chapter Secretary and former Online editor of the Botswana Gazette Online described this media organization as a collaboration of independent journalists working towards promoting human rights in the SADC region.
“The Human Rights Journalists for Southern African is a non-governmental organization which is a collaboration of independent journalists working towards promoting human rights in the SADC region. Through publishing human rights stories from across the different countries, we seek to expose all human rights violations on the citizenry-be it by other humans or their governments contrary to the Universal Human Rights Declaration or any other human rights instruments a country may be a signatory of, ” she said.
The Secretary General said the organization was still at an infancy stage adding that it was in the process of establishing a regional SADC Online Publication where human rights stories in the different countries will be published. She said the media organization would be the voice of the voiceless and report issues without fear or favour.
Zweli Martin Dlamini, the Acting President said he was honored to be part of the organization and promised to work with the members and of the interim Committee in driving the media entity to achieve its objectives.
“This is a huge task but with the support of the professionals from the various countries, we will achieve the objectives of the organization. I believe all the members are capable of leading this organization but they trusted me for now hence I will, from time to time, seek guidance from them, ” he said.