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Promoting and defending the constitutional right to freedom of expression The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) was formed in 1994 to defend freedom of expression, to oppose censorship, to promote access to information and knowledge, and to prom...


About Us
"The founding meeting of this Freedom of Expression Institute commits this organisation to all the objects and aims stated in its constitution, but emphasises in particular its constant commitment to oppose ALL forms of censorship and to extend sup...


FXI Work
The Freedom of Expression Institute works in the following programme areas: Freedom of Expression Anti-Censorship Access to Information Access to Media and ICTs To this end, the FXI engages in a wide range of activities that advance the righ...


Programmes
Freedom of Expression Anti Censorship Access To Information Access to Media & ICT


Law Clinic
Through the Law Clinic, the FXI has provided easily accessible legal advice on freedom of expression, including artistic freedom, academic freedom, freedom of the media and the rights of people to gather and protest. The FXI Law Clinic has built the ...


Resource Centre
The FXI has an extensive archive of ground-breaking resources that have had a positive impact on freedom of expression and media policy studies and intervention in the country. Law Clinic Cases Policy Submissions Handbooks Research Training


Resources - 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.  ...


Resources - Handbooks
The FXI has created an extensive archive of ground-breaking resources that have had a positive impact on media policy studies and intervention in the country.


Anti-Censorship
"Freedom of expression is never won; it is always a partial victory because there is always someone somewhere trying to censor, prevent information and maintain power." - Raymond Louw (January 1994).


Access To Media & ICT
The FXI is committed to advancing freedom of the media to ensure a diversity of media and promoting the right of all people to communicate. Media freedom is an essential tool in the advancement of open, accountable and transparent institutions. Media...


Projects

Freedom of the press and other media
Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes - (a) freedom of the press and other media 


News

Copyright Amendment Bill - comments due Friday 30 June 2017!
Parliament has released the 2017 Copyright Amendment Bill for public comment.  The Global Expert Network on Copyright User Rights –  has partnered with the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) in South Africa to facilitate stake...


Enzenzeleni community members arrested over water protests
The community of Enzenzeleni, Warden in the Free State is angered by empty promises from the provincial premier, Mr Ace Magashule. The community and members of the Freedom of Expression Network expressed their grievances and demands concerning poor s...


DA bars media from Zille's disciplinary hearing
https://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2017-06-07-da-bars-media-from-zilles-disciplinary-hearing/


Sheniece Linderboom, head of the Law Clinic on SABC censorship
http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/media-groups-to-contest-sabc-decision-2027841


Regulating social media will affect 'right to privacy', 'freedom of expression'
http://citizen.co.za/news/news-national/1449009/regulating-social-media-will-affect-right-to-privacy-freedom-of-expression/


FXI on the Freedom of Expression environment in South Africa
The Freedom of Expression Institute outlines the various laws that curtail freedom of expression in South Africa today at the Community Media Reflection Conference. These laws include the Publications Amendment Act which obligates journaist to report...


Speaking truth to power, media, politics and accountability
The 17th Highway Africa Conference, Leanne Mannas speaks to Phenyo Butale, former director at the Freedom of Expression Institute.


Our Funders

Media Defense Fund
Additional years of funding 1992 - 1993


Campaign for Open Media
Campaign for Open Media


Our Partners

IFEX
FXI is a member of the IFEX network of organisations - a global free expression network connected by a shared commitment to defend and promote freedom of expression as a fundamental human right.  


African Freedom of Expression Exchange
   FXI is a member of AFEX, a continent-wide network which works to promote and defend freedom of expression in Africa.  


Right2Know Campaign
The FXI is a founding member of the Gauteng branch of the Right2Know Campaign. Since the campaign’s conception, the FXI has contributed towards the strategic and operational aspects of the campaign to ensure sustained advocacy against th...


SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition
The FXI is a founding member of the SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition, which was conceived to advocate for enhanced quality of service from the SABC. This was in response to increasing threats to the public broadcaster's independence....


Events

Coffee and Conversation on Freedom of Expression
Come join us for an informal coffee and a conversation in our boardroom this Friday, the 9th of June 2017. Our Executive Director, Ms Tusi Fokane will be engaging members of the media in an informal conversation to unpack some of the myths and issues...


Press Freedom Day
Join us in a robust engaging and informative discussion on the current challenges facing media.and its ability to effectively and independently inform citizens. This is an opportunity to celebrate and deliberate on the fundamental principles of pres...


Public Policy Dialogues in Mpumalanga
On the 10th and11th of July, 2013, the Freedom of Expression Institute hosted a series of events in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga under the theme “Promoting free expression and information access for accountable governance”. These events included...


Public Policy Dialogues In Mpumalanga.
On the 10th and 11th of July, 2013, the Freedom of Expression Institute hosted a series of events in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga under the theme “Promoting free expression and information access for accountable governance”. These events include...


The media under siege
On the 1st September 2016 Freedom of Expression Institute hosted a public discussion on the media freedom of violation in Turkey and differentiate them with media freedom in South Africa. 


Resources

Adrian Sissing and SA News Blog
Two news articles were published on the SA News Blog concerning Mr Adrian Sissing's alleged illegal business practice as a business broker. After the publishing of the two article Mr Sissing sent messages to the author of the articles threatening the...


Afriforum and Julius Malema
Julius Malema, who at the time was the President of the African National Congress Youth League, led the singing/chanting of a former ANC "struggle song" entitled "Dubul'ibhunu" at various public events. Though there was some controversy as to the son...


Broadcasting Independence Handbook: Lessons from the South African experience
This handbook was published with a companion CD which contains close to 500 documents related to the battle to transform the former state broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, into a public broadcaster and the fight for the establi...


Johncom Media Investment Ltd. v. M (CCT 08/08) [2009] ZACC 5 (17 Mar. 2009)
This case addressed the constitutional validity of section 12 of the Divorce Act of 1979 (hereinafter, "the Act"), which related to the "publication of information that comes to light during a divorce action." The application was initiated by the own...


Mazibuko and City of Joburg
In this case, the applicants consisted of residents of Phiri, Soweto, who challenged the City of Johannesburg's policy of supplying six kilolitres of water per month for free. They argued that this policy violated section 27 of the Constitution, prot...


Media 24 and SA Taxi Securitisation (PTY) LTD
Media 24 published an article sharply criticizing the conduct of SA Taxi Securitisation (Pty) Ltd. and accusing it of, inter alia, "cheating taxi operators." SA Taxi thereafter brought suit against the news source and its editors for (1) general dama...


Media and the law: A handbook for community journalists


Monametse/Mokotho Relocated Community
Moshabi Selowa ( FXN Limpopo) contacted us in November 2016 noting the difficulties he was facing from the resoponisble officer in the municipalaity. He notes that the group was attempting to arranage a protest and she was refsuing to release the not...


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 behaviou...


Seleoane, M. and Duncan, J. (Eds). (1998). Media and Democracy in South Africa
In April 1994 South Africa entered a new era when it held its first democratic elections. Institutions of government and civil society are still struggling to position themselves in this changed environment in spite of the fact that the country's tra...


Smit and 94.7 Highveld Stereo [2010] JOL 26581 (BCCSA)
The broadcaster was accused of perpetuating indirect hate speech by broadcasting a song using the word "moffie." Complainant lodged a suit against 94.7 Highveld Stereo before the Broadcasting Complaints Commission, claiming that it contravened sectio...


South African print media: legislation and regulations


SOUTHERN PALACE AND SOREN NIELSEN / HEIDI LEE SMITH (KRUGER2CANYON)
Our client, the defendant, Heidi Lee Smith was served summons from Southern Palace Investments for defamation and damages to the amount of R850 000.00, based on a publication in our clients community newspaper, Kruger2Canyon. The matter had reached a...


Tleane, C. (2006). The Great Trek North:The Expansion of South African Media and ICT Companies into the SADC Region


Tleane, C. and Duncan, J. (2001). Broadcasting and the national question: South African broadcast media in an age of neo-liberalism
This book traces the history of neoliberalism, and its acceptance by political parties across the spectrum on the basis of acknowledging the 'realities' of globalization. Realities, it is argued, that are more fiction than fact. It considers the impa...


Tleane, C. and Duncan, J. (2003). Public Broadcasting in the Era of Cost Recovery: A Critique of the South African Broadcasting Corporation's Crisis of Accountability
The South African Broadcasting Corporation is the biggest media house in the country with its public radio section being the most popular and accessible media form that people from across races, classes and gender should have access to. Being a publi...


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 Z...


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 Z...


Watchdogs and News Hounds Holding the media to account - mechanisms,principles and practices from around the world


Press Releases

March 04 2016
The Freedom of Expression Institute strongly condemns the blanket ban from liking , re-tweeting and sharing of hate speech of staff , students and those affiliated with the University of Pretoria.
Open/View PDF (FXI-CONDEMNS-UNIVERSITY-OF-PRETORIA-SOCIAL-MEDIA-BAN.pdf)


September 08 2015
REGIONAL JOURNALISTS AND ACTIVISTS DISCUSS THREATS TO MEDIA FREEDOM
Open/View PDF (REGIONAL-JOURNALISTS-AND-ACTIVISTS-DISCUSS-THREATS-TO-MEDIA-FREEDOM.pdf)


August 19 2014
On the 14th of August 2014, the Freedom of Expression Institute hosted a successful Media Symposium on how South Africa can ensure that it regains the status of a free media environment.
Open/View PDF (FXI-MISA-MEDIA-SYMPOSIUM.pdf)


July 07 2017
AFEX Calls for Immediate End to Impunity for Crimes against Journalists in Africa
Open/View PDF (AFEX-Calls-for-Immediate-End-to-Impunity-for-Crimes-against-Journalists-in-Africa.pdf)


Documents

FXI Submission to SAHRC Hearing on Racism and Social Media in South Africa


Media 24 v SA Taxi Securitisation (PTY) LTD


South African print media: legislation and regulations


Watchdogs and News Hounds: Holding the media to account