FXI supports Ceartas, Irish Lawyers for Human Rights in complaint to International Association for Prosecutors

fxi logo1The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) adds its voice in support of Ceartas, Irish Lawyers for Human Rights, The FXI is concerned with the findings of a report published by Ceartas highlighting the systemic failure by authorities in Bahrain to protect the right to free expression.  The report details circumstances where Attorney General Ali bin Fadhel Al-Buainain prosecuted individuals for activities protected by the freedom expression and assembly, failed to adhere to fair procedures and due process standards and also details of cases where his Office  failed to investigate and prosecute on matters of torture. Continue reading

Arrest of Swaziland Editor Bheki Makhubu

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The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) would like to add its voice of condemnation to the many that have already spoken against a decision of the Swaziland Supreme Court to sentence editor of Nation Magazine, Bheki Makhubu to R200 000 or alternatively two years imprisonment. The FXI is appalled by this decision. Bheki Makhubu was charged and convicted of contempt of court by “scandalizing the court” after the Director of Public Prosecutions complained about two articles written by Makhubu and published in November 2009 by Swaziland Independent Publishers (PTY) Ltd. The Nation, is one of Swaziland’s very few independent sources of news. Continue reading

The continual struggle for artistic freedom

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The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) wishes to register its profound concern over what seems to be a trend of efforts by government to censor freedom of expression, and in this particular case, free artistic expression. The institute finds this to be distasteful and regressive. The recent incident in the Mbombela Local Municipality, wherein the artwork of artist Kobus Myburgh, was removed from a local art gallery at the request of an ANC official is yet another example of this worrying trend. The artwork depicted President Zuma and former President Nelson Mandela as white men and former Apartheid leaders as black men. As the FXI we do not have a comment on the merit of the work but would like to reiterate our call for the protection of creative artist’s right to free expression as enshrined in the constitution and the promotion of creative worker’s right to provoke debates and discussions on the public domain. Continue reading