freedom of expression

Dismay At Fatal Shooting of TV Reporter Covering Anti-Government Demonstration

Reporters Without Borders is shocked to learn that Ando Ratovonirina of privately-owned Radio et Télévision Analamanga (RTA) was shot dead while covering an anti-government demonstration outside the presidential palace in Antananarivo on 7 February.

The 25-year-old reporter and cameraman was among the scores of people who were killed or wounded when security forces opened fired on the protesters.

SANEF Speaks Out on Election Reporting

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) says it will liaise with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to report threats of violence and intimidation towards journalists.

SANEF chairperson, Henry Jeffreys, points out that council members have been particularly concerned about the possibility of violence in KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga.

FXI Comments on 100 % Zuluboy Slogan

We’ve had more than enough of this stupid nonsense! Earlier this month a national newspaper published what has to be one of the stupidest articles I have ever read. Not just stupid – blatantly pathetic, discriminatory and damaging.

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has warned that censoring or banning slogans such as “100% Zuluboy” and militant songs such as “Umshini Wami” in the African National Congress (ANC) will not solve any problems, but can only deepen the divisions within the ruling party.

Constitutional Values, Diversity and Democracy

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) launched its first dialogue series on constitutional values on 22 August in Johannesburg. Held under the theme “Unity in Diversity: Promoting and Advancing Constitutional Values in South Africa”, representatives from government, human rights organisations and civil society came together to discuss constitutional values in a democratic society.

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