• The Freedom of Expression Network activists promote and defend the rights of communities to express themselves.

  • The right to protest is a basic human right that ensures the exercise of the right to freedom of expression


Promoting and defending the constitutional right to freedom of expression

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) was established at the birth of South Africa's new democracy in 1994. Freedom of expression was deemed sufficiently important for our democracy that it is protected under the Bill of Rights in Section 16 of the Constitution. 

Section 16(1) states; Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes - 

                                  (a) Freedom of the press and other media; 

                                  (b) Freedom to receive or impart information or ideas;

                                  (c) Freedom of artistic creativity; and 

                                  (d) Academic freedom and freedom of scientific research.

                  (2)           The right in subsection (1) does not extend to - 

                                  (a) propaganda for war;

                                  (b) incitement for imminent violence; or

                                  (c) advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion and that constitutes incitement to cause harm.

FXI enforces, promotes and protects section 16 through the following services and activities:

EDUCATION: promoting and disseminating information on freedom of expression and the right to protest, through community engagements, information sessions at schools, sharing on the internet and social platforms, newsletters to individuals and institutions, interviews on radio and television, and roundtables. Bullying has become a key issue in schools.

We also popularise the Regulations of Gatherings Act (RGA) 1993 and The Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) 2000, in all of our education work.

OPINIONS: giving input and opinions on draft legislation to parliamentary committees and whenever it is requested.

MONITORING: freedom of expression issues like internet shutdowns, litigation, harassment, detention and killing of journalists and artists.

LEGAL SERVICES AND STRATEGIC LITIGATION: on free expression which includes defending the right to assembly and protest, artistic freedom, academic, access to information and media freedom. 

MEMBERSHIP AND SOLIDARITY: we network and do solidarity work with organisations locally, on the African continent and Internationally as members of AFEX (African Freedom of Exchange) and IFEX (International Freedom of Exchange)




The Freedom of Expression Network The network's objective is to raise awareness and advance the fight for the right to access information, freedom of expression and other related rights such as the right to protest, association and assembly.

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