freedom of expression

FXI Waits for Pikoli Submission

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has still not been able to see the justice department's submissions to the 2008 Ginwala Inquiry, which it says it needs to assess the fitness of Menzi Simelane, who was director-general of the department and is now public prosecutions head.

In a press statement, the FXI says It has been told the report contains information which could cause prejudice to security in South Africa - a decision it intends appealing.

Minister’s Attitude Irks FXI

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has expressed deep disappointment with Minister of Arts and Culture, Lulu Xingwana’s attitude to freedom of expression.

In a press statement, the FXI argues that, “Her statement that the art exhibition of young female artist and lesbian activist, Zanele Muholi, of naked, black women embracing each other, is ‘immoral, offensive and against nation building’, is highly regrettable and is indicative of a blatant disregard and disrespect for the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution.”

Namibian Elections: Why the Results are Disputed

The controversy surrounding the voters’ register and a pending court case in which opposition parties dispute the outcome of the November 2009 presidential and national assembly election results in Namibia, is bad news for democracy in that country, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and for the African continent in general.

Call to Review Disclosure Laws

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) intends urgently asking the Law Reform Commission to review laws compelling journalists to disclose confidential sources.

In a press statement, FXI argues that, "The interests of the effective administration of justice and maintenance of law and order compete with the right to freedom of expression."

The FXI comments come after e.tv journalists were subpoenaed to reveal the sources of a broadcast showing self-confessed criminals threatening to rob and murder tourists during the Soccer World Cup.

ANCYL Slammed for Intimidating Whistleblowers

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has rejected the African National Congress Youth League's semi-retraction of statements issued to intimidate whistleblowers.

The ANCYL in Mpumalanga changed a threatening statement they issued, in which they warned whistle-blowers to ‘book an early grave’.

Provincial secretary of the league, Isaac Mahlangu, points out that, "When we said machine gun, we were talking about the same tool that these campaigners use to attack us - the media."

Clinton Ends Habib’s Exclusion

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) is ‘ecstatic’ that United States secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, hand signed orders that end the exclusion of political commentator Professor Adam Habib from the US.

Habib, who is the deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Johannesburg, points out that, “My family and I are thrilled by secretary Clinton’s decision, and we are thankful to the many organisations that put pressure on the Obama administration to stop excluding people from the US on the basis of their political views.

NGO Calls on Guinea to Release Activist

A prominent human-rights leader is still behind bars in Guinea, almost two weeks after special service agents detained him.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for the immediate release of Mouctar Diallo, a human-rights activist imprisoned in the Guinean capital Conakry.

Human Rights Watch West Africa Researcher, Corinne Dufka, says the ruling National Council for Democracy and Development wants to silence political opposition.

Special Assignment Broadcast: Gender Agenda

Special Assignment Broadcast: 08 September 2009 – ‘Gender Agenda’

It’s been 13 years since the national women’s movement lobbied for one of the most progressive efforts to entrench gender equality in all spheres of South African society.

In line with the spirit of our constitution of respecting and protecting human rights, as well as international human rights conventions, the government established the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE)

Anti-Corruption Plain Language Guide

Anti-Corruption Plain Language Guide provides standardised, easy-to-understand definitions for 45 key terms commonly used by the anti-corruption movement – from ‘access to information’ to ‘whistle blowing’. Each term includes a practical example of how TI approaches these issues and helpful links for further research. Developed by the Transparency International, the guide also provides clarity on the terms that the anti-corruption movement uses most in its daily work as well as those associated with new and emerging issues.

Public Participation and Transparency Essential in Selecting New SABC Board

The Portfolio Committee on Communications of parliament has, through adverts in a few expensive newspapers targeted at affluent readers, called for nominations for a new board of the public broadcaster the SABC. The closing date for nominations of board members is now 14 August (it was originally 31 July 2009).

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