FXI Law Clinic Cases

The FXI has contributed to the body of knowledge on freedom of expression in South Africa through cases undertaken by the FXI Law Clinic. The FXI Law Clinic has intervened in over 200 freedom of expression related matters since its inception. 

Brief history of the FXI Law Clinic

The Media Defence Trust was established in 1989 in response to the wave of state action against the media, such as the closure of newspapers and detention of journalists. In its six years of establishment the Media Defence Trust was the sole supporter and defender of independent media and journalists. The Media Defence Trust was incorporated into the FXI in 1994, at the request of its administrators, and became the Defence Fund of the FXI. The Defence Fund was re-launched as the Freedom of Expression Defence Fund in 1997 to reflect the broadening of its role to include all cases involving freedom of expression and access to information. The Freedom of Expression Institute Law Clinic was established in 2005 and is accredited by the Law Society of South Africa.


Tom Nkosi ( Ziwaphi) and The Mpumalanga Legislature
The Ziwaphi Newspaper published an article on the 22nd of the September 2016. The article was about Mr Linda Mwale and his involvement in awarding tenders as the Secretary of the Mpumalanga Legislature.

Mr Mwale through his lawyers demanded that Ziwaphi must print a retraction and an apology and failure to do so would result in legal action.
FXI Objective: Freedom to Expression
Media and a free press
January 27 2017 By Bongani Phiri


Tom Nkhosi ( Ziwaphi) and Linda Mwale
The Ziwaphi Newspaper published an article on the 22nd of the September 2016. The article was about Mr Linda Mwale and his involvement in awarding tenders as the Secretary of the Mpumalanga Legislature.

Mr Mwale through his lawyers demanded that Ziwaphi must print a retraction and an apology and failure to do so would result in legal action.
FXI Objective: Freedom to Expression
Media and a free press
September 01 2016 By Bongani Phiri


Muslim Views and Media 24
Muslim Views is one of the oldest community newspapers in Cape Town.In April 2016, Media 24 launched Modest Muse newspaper which targerts a very similar target group to Muslim Views. Muslim Views approached FXI to enquire on anti-competitive behaviour and to offer a legal opinion about the options available to them.
Access to media & ICT
April 01 2016 By Freedom Of Expression Institute