Swaziland king repeals 'draconian decree' affecting news media

freeSpeech       2001-07-26 
The king of Swaziland has repealed at least part of a royal edict that gave him virtual control of the news media, under mounting pressure from those who complained that it gave him far too much power. King Mswati III had issued the sweeping decree under a state of emergency he declared on June 23. Among other things, it gave him the power to ban any newspaper, magazine or book, eliminate bail for many crimes, and even imprison people who made fun of him.