ANC backlash on the exercise of free expression

 The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has noted with concern the unwarranted zealous backlash by the African National Congress (ANC) to the rightful exercise of free expression by individuals in South Africa. The matter in question relates to an open letter addressed to the President, Jacob Zuma written by Mr Kenny Kunene. The letter expressed his personal disappointment with the leadership of the ANC and expressed his dissatisfaction with several matters including the recent allegations of impropriety with regard to the use of State funds in renovations and upgrades at President Zuma’s personal residence in Nkandla. It is our view that citizens of this country have a right to hold views and opinions about these matters and to share them. Continue reading

Police intimidation against Bay TV: A threat to media freedom

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The Freedom of Expression Institute has noted with concern the increase in threats against journalists and media freedom. One such case is the reported case in which the Nelson Mandela Bay community television station, Bay TV was allegedly bullied into handing over video footage of xenophobic attacks in the city’s Booysen Park area on the 30th of May, 2013. The police are alleged to have acted in a manner that constituted harassment, bullying and intimidation during the process of acquiring footage from the television station. Continue reading

FXI support for the newly formed Association of Community Television South Africa (Act-SA)

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The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) welcomes the decision taken by the community television stations of South Africa to form an association aimed at strengthening this sector of the broadcasting industry. This comes at a time when space for independent public voices has been adversely affected by the instability experienced by our public broadcaster (SABC) which is the main source of information in the country. According to the press statement released by Act-SA, the Association aims to “provide support and guidance for community TV stations and address issues with one voice representing all stakeholders in the sector.” With the possible implementation of new legislation which may affect the community’s right to freedom of expression and access to information, the formation of this Association will have an important role to play in advancing community broadcasting.   Continue reading

Research Intern

FXI seeks to recruit a part-time Research Intern, based in Johannesburg.

FXI is offering an exciting internship opportunity within its Research Unit for recent graduates who are passionate about human rights and freedom of expression to contribute and gain invaluable experience in the sector.

This is a six-month internship with the possibility of extension. A monthly stipend will be offered.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in research planning; conceptualization, grant submissions;
  • Assist in research design and development of research instruments (qualitative and quantitative);
  • Review of literature;
  • Data collection; conducting interviews, administering questionnaires, conducting focus group discussions;
  • Transcribe focus group discussions and interview recordings;
  • Data capturing (using appropriate methods and statistical packages);
  • Assist in data analysis and interpretation;
  • Undertake administrative tasks as requested;
  • Contribute to the finalization of research outputs (conference contributions, journal publications, reports and presentations;
  • Carry out other tasks which may be necessary from time to time appropriate to the post. Continue reading