/ 11 April 2012

e.tv journalists held in Swaziland

Two e.tv journalists have been arrested in Swaziland, eNews Africa editor Chris Maroleng said on Wednesday.

“I can confirm that two of our journalists were detained at a roadblock outside Mbabane shortly after 9am today,” he said.

“What we are aware of is that the two are currently being questioned at a police station in the capital.”

The passports of journalist Tumaole Mohlaoli and cameraman Meshack Dube were confiscated.

“They have been told that they are not under arrest and they are just being detained,” said Maroleng.

No reason was given for this.

He said eNews Africa was monitoring the developments.

“We are committed to media freedom and we hope that the Swazi authorities will respect the basic human rights of our crew, who were deployed on a legitimate story to cover activities in Swaziland.”

It was unclear if their equipment was also seized. — Sapa