City Press will try to distribute copies in Swaziland tomorrow (Sunday 15 August 2010), despite fears that it has been banned in the kingdom.
The South African newspaper that is on sale in Swaziland, has drawn international attention over the past two Sundays for its reporting of the Swazi Royal Family sex scandal.
It was reported earlier this week that City Press had been ‘unofficially’ banned in Swaziland, which is ruled by King Mswati III, sub-Saharan Africa’s last absolute monarch.
Reports in the African media said Swaziland security forces were apparently instructed to buy all copies of the City Press that were on sale in the kingdom.
Melanie-Ann Feris, managing editor of City Press, said, ‘The paper is not aware of being officially banned in Swaziland. We will continue to distribute the paper to our outlets there this weekend.’
Swazi police deny there is an official ban. City Press quoted Superintendent Wendy Hleta, the deputy public relations officer for the police, saying claims that the paper was banned were unfounded and untrue.