Swaziland journalists can no longer hide stories of public importance to please friends and advertisers, a top media union official said.
This is because social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs are exposing what is really going on in the kingdom.
Mfanukhona Nkambule, President of the Swaziland National Association of Journalists (SNAJ), told a meeting in Mbabane to mark World Press Freedom Day (3 May 2011), ‘We shall see whatever you hide in Facebook or Twitter. They will also tell the outside world that they decided to post the story on Facebook because the mainstream media has failed to do it.’
This meant the Internet posed a challenge to the media in Swaziland, but it was not a competitor.
The Swazi Observer reported Nkambule saying that journalists cannot compete with social networking, ‘because the people behind social media are the very sources who give us those juicy stories we print and broadcast in our outlets.’
He said the social media was where breaking stories were being posted these days.
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