Free Expression Seminar Series:
Freedom on the Internet as both a public and private space
The internet is an enabler for a wide range of human rights, primary to these being the rights to freedom of expression and opinion and the right to association. Presently, the ability to effectively achieve these ends is highly dependent on freedom of the internet as both a public and a private space where individuals and society can participate without limitation.
In South Africa, much focus has been on improving internet access and less attention is given to internet freedom. There are various direct and indirect mechanisms that attempt to regulate content and use of the internet at individual and societal levels. Continue reading
05 November 2014
“The ANC is committed to public broadcasting which is independent of the government of the day… we propose a broadcast service committed to providing full
and accurate information to all South Africans, and one which is protected from interference by any soecial interest, be they political, economic or cultural”
– Cyril Ramaphosa, 1992 –
On Friday, the SOS: Support Public Coalition (SOS), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) lodged their application to the North Gauteng High Court against the SABC, the Minister of Communications, The Hon. Faith Muthambi and, Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng, respectively. The application challenges the process followed in the appointment of three executive directors of the SABC, namely, the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), the Group Chief Operations Officer (GCOO) and the Group Chief Financial Officer (GCFO).