freedom of expression

Freedom of Expression Institute: Research Intern

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) was formed in 1994 to defend freedom of expression, to oppose censorship and to promote media diversity.

FXI seeks to to recruit a part-time Research Intern, based in Johannesburg.

FXI is offering an exciting internship opportunity within its Research Unit for recent graduates who are passionate about human rights and freedom of expression to contribute and gain invaluable experience in the sector.

Uganda's Defends its Anti-Pornography Bill

The Ugandan government has defended itself against the controversial Anti-Pornography Bill, saying it is not about miniskirts.

According to an article by Nangayi Guyson, with its vague and broad definition of 'pornography', the bill could curb a range of individual rights and freedoms.

Guyson explains that just months after MP David Bahati's Anti-Homosexuality Bill - referred to by many as the 'Kill the Gays' Bill - attracted international attention and much condemnation, the Anti-Pornography Bill has now generated another storm of controversy in Uganda and beyond.

African NGOs Urge ACHPR to Act on Swaziland

The African NGO Forum has submitted a hard-hitting list of recommendations to the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) during its 53rd Ordinary session.
 
According to Richard Lee, the NGO Forum referred to a resolution on Swaziland that was adopted by the ACHPR last year, which called on the Swazi government to respect, protect and fulfill the rights to freedom of expression, freedom of association, and freedom of assembly, among others.
 

Uganda to Criminalise Miniskirts

Uganda is considering extraordinary measures against women's rights that will see arrests for wearing skirts above the knee in public.

The proposed Anti-Pornography Bill will mark a return to the era of dictator Idi Amin, who banned short skirts by decree.

Meanwhile, many Ugandans are opposed to the idea and it has spawned a Twitter hashtag, #SaveMiniSkirt.

The government-backed Bill would also see many films and television dramas banned and personal Internet use closely monitored by officials.

Clothing Has Nothing to Do With ‘Decency’

Swazi women may have celebrated too soon when the country ratified the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Protocol on Gender and Development in September 2012, a regional instrument that commits all countries in the region to attain gender equality. This follows a ‘ban’ that women must not wear mini-skirts as stipulated in the Crimes Act of 1889. The Act outlaws ‘immorality and offences in public places or places of public resort and control of places of public interest’. Mini-skirts are considered indecent, a clear infringement on women's right to freedom of dressing.

Call for SABC to Explain ‘Banning’ Incident

Media experts say the latest ‘banning’ incident at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has made a mockery of freedom of expression, and the public broadcaster must explain.

The SABC was expected to explain on 5 December 2012, why it had prevented three journalists from participating in a discussion on how the media will cover the African National Congress' elective conference in Manguang.

Tlakula’s Push for Press Freedom Acknowledged

According to Stanley Kwenda, Pansy Tlakula, the African Union's Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, has done her best to address the continued harassment of journalists in the Gambia.

Kwenda argues that in her role as commissioner of the African Commission on Human Peoples' Rights, Tlakula appealed many times to the government of the West African nation to respect people's right to freedom of expression.

Jansen Speaks About ‘The Spear’ and Illiteracy

The University of the Free State vice-chancellor, Prof Jonathan Jansen, says The  Spear, an infamous depiction of President Jacob Zuma with his genitals exposed, would probably cause much less of a fuss if it were in a book.

Speaking at the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) in Johannesburg, Jansen argues that in a literate society - one in which reading matters - there would probably be much less fuss about controversies like The Spear if the medium was a book and not a public display in a gallery.

IGLHRC: Grants Administrator - Africa

Founded in 1990 and Headquartered in New York, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is a leading international human rights organisation dedicated to improving the lives of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. IGLHRC’s goal is to build a strong global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights movements.

The IGLHRC seeks to appoint a Grants Administrator for its work in Africa, based in Johannesburg.

This is a half-day contract position.

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