Freedom of Expression

"The new Chapter on Fundamental Rights in our Constitution (as our bill of rights is called) will be like a new toy to politicians, judges and academics alike, who will all doubtless be inspired to experiment with new forms of social engineering in dealing with the vexed problem of speech. If history is anything to go by, regulating the content of speech has been the pet soft option of many in power, who in trying to appear to do something about society's seemingly insoluble social problems like violence, racism, oppression of women and state security, find it easier to impose a gag than embark on more expensive solutions to these problems." - Norman Manoim (27 January 1994)

Freedom of Expression Programme