ICASA RULING SETS REGRESSIVE PRECEDENT ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
The Freedom of Expression Institute registers its discontent and concern with the decision of ICASA to uphold the SABC ban on the Democratic Alliance political advert titled ‘Ayisafani’. This decision is regrettable and sets a wrong precedent of unconstitutional limitations to the fundamental and facilitative right to freedom of expression. Continue reading
The Freedom of Expression Institute joins South Africans in celebrating the 20th anniversary of freedom. The dawn of democracy which was finally marked by the first non-racial, democratic election on the 27 April 1994, brought hope for accountable, transparent and good governance to millions of South Africans. Continue reading
The Freedom of Expression Institute calls on the SABC to accept and flight an election ad submitted by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The SABC has taken the decision not to air the EFF campaign advert on the grounds that the messaging incites violence. Last week, ICASA temporarily reversed a similar decision by the SABC that had banned several DA television and radio adverts, pending a final decision on the matter. Continue reading
The Freedom of Expression Institute is exceedingly disconcerted by the series of occurrences involving the SABC, including the banning of radio and TV political advertisements and the violation of the right to personal privacy through alleged staff surveillance. The FXI views the arbitrary banning of the advertisement through vague interpretation of the prescribed electoral regulations and the use of the draconian National Key Points Act as insouciant acts of blatant censorship. The FXI condemns the political interference that is clearly the root cause of the confusion at the SABC.
The Freedom of Expression Institute notes the release from unlawful imprisonment of Swaziland human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko and The Nation editor Bheki Makhubu with muted celebration.
While the right to freedom of expression has been upheld by the same institution that sought to undermine it, of greater concern is the repugnant exercise of justice in the only remaining absolute monarch on the continent. Maseko and Makhubu were detained, indicted and remanded in custody for 20 days before the High Court dismissed the charges of contempt of court against them. The charges brought before both Maseko and Makhubu followed the publication of articles in The Nation questioning the judiciary’s conduct against a government official. Continue reading