Sheniece Linderboom (FXI Head of Law Clinic) and Siphiwe Segodi (FXI Project Officer) with members of Izwi Lomzanzi FM More »
Sheniece Linderboom (FXI Head of Law Clinic), Towera Gondwe (Research Intern) and Siphiwe Segodi (FXI Project Officer) with members of GNCR FM More »
The Freedom of Expression Institute is disconcerted with growing incidents of blatant censorship within South African tertiary education institutions. Several South African institutions of higher learning have experienced a wave of student protests recently, which have been met with hard handed response from the respective administrations. The growing discontent is a result of frustrations from many on-going unresolved grievances within the system. A case in point being the posting of an open letter on the internet by students of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Lukhona Mnguni together with three fellow students, raised their concerns in a letter addressed to the vice chancellor of the University, an action which prompted a disciplinary hearing by the University.
The Freedom of Expression Institute welcomes the decision by the Northern Gauteng High Court to allow the live broadcast of trial proceedings in the Oscar Pistorius’ case scheduled to begin on the 3rd of March, 2014. This is a landmark decision in the South African justice system and one which the FXI recognizes as a positive step in the advancement of media freedom and freedom of expression in general.
The FXI is disturbed by the reaction of the ANC to the DA’s legally sanctioned march to the ruling party’s headquarters at Luthuli House on 12 February, 2014. Political parties as formations with ambitions to either retain or assume state power should lead by example as protectors, promoters and guarantors of all constitutionally enshrined rights.
CALL FOR EXERCISE OF RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY, DEMONSTRATION, PICKET AND PETITION WITHIN THE PARAMETERS OF THE LAW
Once again election time is upon us and the tension continues to rise as each political party takes up the race to win South Africa’s vote. For some voters however this is a time to highlight their grievances on a range of issues from service delivery to other inadequacies in governance and the use of protest action has become a popular way to effect this.
FXI is deeply concerned about suggestions of inappropriate managerial interference in the editorial independence of the Cape Times
Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois was last week Friday summarily removed from office following publication of a finding by the Public Protector that the awarding of a fisheries tender to Sekunjalo Marine Service Consortium was improper. This consortium is a subsidiary of Sekunjalo Holdings which recently bought the Independent Newspaper group, including the Cape Times.