FXI picket outside SABC on Perlman’s last day

In November 2006, the FXI’s Communication Rights Campaign held a march to the Head Office of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. A memorandum was handed over to SABC Management, raising a number of complaints about the conduct of the public broadcaster. Over the past three weeks, the Campaign held three pickets outside the SABC Head Office in Auckland Park, Johannesburg and one picket outside the SABC offices in Durban, demanding a response to the memorandum. See the FXI’s media alert below. You can also read the memorandum that the FXI submitted to the SABC on the 16th November 2006. Continue reading

SABC’s blacklisting report

The Freedom of Expression Institute is outraged that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has decided not to release the much- awaited report into allegations of a politically-motivated ‘blacklist’ implemented by the Group Executive of News, Dr. Snuki Zikalala, on SABC services. Instead they have chosen to release the findings. This blacklist is alleged to have consisted of political commentators that had made statements critical of President Thabo Mbeki’s presidency. Continue reading

UKZN academic exercises Freedom of Expression gets suspended

As yet another South African academic, the University of Kwa-Zulu-Natal’s (UKZN) Professor Evan Mantzaris, faces disciplinary action for exercising his right to free expression, the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) again expresses its concern at the erosion of free expression rights at tertiary academic institutions. In terms of the South African constitution, academic freedom is an instance of freedom of expression, and is protected in terms of this right. Continue reading

State of media freedom in SA, on the eve of National Press Freedom Day

The Freedom of Expression Institute is concerned about declining levels of media freedom in South Africa, and calls on all South Africans to use the opportunity of National Press Freedom Day (October 19) to reflect on the implications of this trend for the country. Over the past year, South Africa has witnessed growing threats to the independence of the communications sector, as well as rise of pre-publication censorship and pressure on the confidentiality of journalistic sources of information, as well as sources themselves. The FXI is also concerned about the deteriorating state of media freedom at the public broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), as well as the increasing trend towards media consolidation. The Institute hopes that these trends will not continue next year. Civil society and journalists must unite to reverse these trends before they become extremely difficult to reverse. Continue reading

FXI welcomes Zim court decision on Trevor Ncube

The Freedom of Expression Institute is pleased with and welcomes the ruling by Zimbabwe’s High Court on Thursday, 25th January, that the Zimbabwean government’s termination of the citizenship of publisher Trevor Ncube was “unlawful” and “null and void”.

Ncube is the owner of the South African Mail & Guardian as well as of two Zimbabwean newspapers: the Zimbabwean Independent and The Standard. These are the only independent newspapers still publishing in Zimbabwe. Continue reading