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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&nbs...

About Us
"The founding meeting of this Freedom of Expression Institute commits this organisation to all the objects and aims stated in its constitution, but emphasises in particular its constant commitment to oppose ALL forms of censorship and to extend sup...

FXI Work
The Freedom of Expression Institute works in the following programme areas: Freedom of Expression Anti-Censorship Access to Information Access to Media and ICTs To this end, the FXI engages in a wide range of activities that advance the righ...

Freedom of Expression Network (FXN)
The FXI is one of the few civil society organisations whose work is directly influenced by our strong connection to community-based organisations such as the Freedom of Expression Network. The Freedom of Expression Network (FXN) comprises of over 20...

Our Partners
The FXI has coalitions with local and international organisations including the Right2Know campaign, SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition, Right To Protest project, IFEX and the African Freedom of Expression Exchange. 

Annual Reports
The FXI maintains its accountability to the public through annual reports which capture the activities of the Institute, the outcomes, lessons learned and other issues relevant for programme and organisational development from January to December of ...

Law Clinic
Through the Law Clinic, the FXI has provided easily accessible legal advice on freedom of expression, including artistic freedom, academic freedom, freedom of the media and the rights of people to gather and protest. The FXI Law Clinic has built the ...

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Access to Information
"At the heart of the conflict in South Africa lies power; and information confers power, control over information is related to control over people's lives." - Professor Mbulelo Mzamane (27 January 1994).


Right to protest
The right to protest ensures that South Africans are free to express their views on any issue that affects them. Section 17 of the Constitution protects the right to assembly, demonstration, picket and petition - "Everyone has the right, peacefully ...


Global Call on AU/UN Special Rapporteurs to Intervene in Social Media Blackout
80 Press Freedom Organisation across the Globe Call on AU/UN Special Rapporteurs to Intervene in Ongoing Social Media Blackout in Chad.

Copyright Amendment Bill - comments due Friday 30 June 2017!
Parliament has released the 2017 Copyright Amendment Bill for public comment.  The Global Expert Network on Copyright User Rights –  has partnered with the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) in South Africa to facilitate stake...

Our Partners

FXI is a member of the IFEX network of organisations - a global free expression network connected by a shared commitment to defend and promote freedom of expression as a fundamental human right.  


Public Policy Dialogues in Mpumalanga
On the 10th and11th of July, 2013, the Freedom of Expression Institute hosted a series of events in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga under the theme “Promoting free expression and information access for accountable governance”. These events included...

Public Policy Dialogues In Mpumalanga.
On the 10th and 11th of July, 2013, the Freedom of Expression Institute hosted a series of events in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga under the theme “Promoting free expression and information access for accountable governance”. These events include...


Assmang (Pty) Ltd and P Moseki and 3 others
Certain individuals of the community based organisation CCG have been interdicted from encouraging and participating in unlawful protests among other things after organizing and participating in protest action against the mine (Assmang). The FXI Law...

Moreipuso Traditional council and Speaker Mahlake / any other person(s) acting upon his instruction
The FXI represented the Defendant in this matter. The case involved the Moreipuso issuing an interdict against Speaker Mahlake from hosting a Heritage celebration event on the 24th of September 2016 at Wales The interdicted only limited the defendan...

Protesting Diro Mine Workers
Miners from Khathu had not been paid in 5 months by their employer Diro. The miners organised a march on the 6th of September against the employer, who is situated in Centurion. The employer subsequently issued an interdict against the miners, on th...

SA Transport, Allied Workers Union and Garvas
A protest organized by SATAWU on behalf of its members within the security industry devolved into a violent riot where fifty individuals allegedly lost their lives. The respondents brought suit against SATAWU under section 11(1) of the Regulation of ...

Press Releases

August 18 2014
On the 16th of August 2014, the Freedom of Expression Institute joined other civic organizations in a march to commemorate the second anniversary of the Marikana Massacre.


FXI Newsletter
Provision of the Regulations of Gathering Act declared unconstitutional
Open/View PDF (Provision-of-RGA_March-2018.pdf)