The Freedom of Expression Institute is a not for profit non-governmental organization which was established in 1994 to protect and foster the right to freedom of expression. The Institute was formed from a merger of three organisations; The Campaign for Open Media, the Anti-Censorship Action Group and the Media Defence Trust.

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Our work

Litigation, legal advice and support

The FXI is one of the few human rights civil society organizations that have a dedicated Law Clinic to handle freedom of expression matters directly related to our organizational vision and purpose.         

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Research and monitoring

The FXI conducts research and monitoring on issues, policy and legislation with implications on freedom of expression as well as trends in the exercise of the right in South Africa.

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Civic education and advocacy

The FXI civic education and advocacy work  has contributed towards the enhancement of policy and legislation pertaining to freedom of expression as well as informing community members around the country.

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Latest Posts



On the 16th of August 2014, the Freedom of Expression Institute joined other civic organizations in a march


FXI-MISA Media Symposium

On the 14th of August 2014, the Freedom of Expression Institute hosted a successful Media Symposium