FXI WELCOMES APPOINTMENT OF PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO MARIKANA MASSACRE

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24 August 2012

FXI Welcomes appointment of Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Marikana Massacre

The Freedom of Expression Institute welcomes the timeous appointment of a Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana Massacre, to be headed by Justice Ian Farlam.

The events in Marikana on August 16 marks the tragic apex of growing problems around the right to protest which people in poor communities across South Africa have been experiencing over recent years. The death of Andries Tatane in April last year, is no less a similar reminder of how the right to protest can be systematically undermined and repressed in this country. Continue reading

DON’T SILENCE THE MESSENGERS

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2 AUGUST 2012

DON’T SILENCE THE MESSENGERS

The FXI is concerned at the way in which Presidential Spokesperson, Mac Maharaj, is aiming to silence and criminalise the messengers who have uncovered allegations of corruption on his part during the so-called “Arms Gate” scandal of 2003.

This comes after three journalists from the Mail & Guardian newspaper – Nic Dawes, Stephaans Brummer and Sam Sole – were formally warned that they could face criminal charges in terms of Section 48 of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Act for disclosing information obtained during a NPA investigation. Continue reading