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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...

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. 

"Freedom of expression is never won; it is always a partial victory because there is always someone somewhere trying to censor, prevent information and maintain power." - Raymond Louw (January 1994).

Access To Media & ICT
The FXI is committed to advancing freedom of the media to ensure a diversity of media and promoting the right of all people to communicate. Media freedom is an essential tool in the advancement of open, accountable and transparent institutions. Media...


Freedom of the press and other media
Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes - (a) freedom of the press and other media 


FXI team on EKFM discussing the right to protest as a form of expression
The right to protest as a form of expression ensures that community voices are heard. The FXI's Siphiwe Segodi and Mpho Tsimane unpack this issue with Mike Mathabathe from EKFM. 

Enzenzeleni community members arrested over water protests
The community of Enzenzeleni, Warden in the Free State is angered by empty promises from the provincial premier, Mr Ace Magashule. The community and members of the Freedom of Expression Network expressed their grievances and demands concerning poor s...

Enzenzeleni community member's demands answers on their leader's killers
There is one question on people’s lips and that is whether an activist Vusi Mlaba was killed to silence him. This speculation comes after ongoing rivalry between Mlaba and Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Mlaba was a husband, father...

FXI on the Freedom of Expression environment in South Africa
The Freedom of Expression Institute outlines the various laws that curtail freedom of expression in South Africa today at the Community Media Reflection Conference. These laws include the Publications Amendment Act which obligates journaist to report...

Our Partners

SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition
The FXI is a founding member of the SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition, which was conceived to advocate for enhanced quality of service from the SABC. This was in response to increasing threats to the public broadcaster's independence....


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...

Broadcasting Independence Handbook: Lessons from the South African experience
This handbook was published with a companion CD which contains close to 500 documents related to the battle to transform the former state broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, into a public broadcaster and the fight for the establi...

Freedom Front and SA Human Rights Commission & another [2003] JOL 11698 (SAHRC)
Complaint that Broadcasters flighting a news report disclosing the identity and name of a minor, as well as his HIV/Aids status, without masking the minor's face or digitally fragmenting his image, amounts to a contravention of Clause 38 of the Broad...

Media and the law: A handbook for community journalists

Monametse/Mokotho Relocated Community
Moshabi Selowa ( FXN Limpopo) contacted us in November 2016 noting the difficulties he was facing from the resoponisble officer in the municipalaity. He notes that the group was attempting to arranage a protest and she was refsuing to release the not...

Munyai Nyawasedza Anna and Editor in Chief: Ngoho News & Blusky Developments Communications
The Plaintiff is suing the Defendant (a community newspaper) for 3 million rands in damages for a defamation claim for a article that was written in May 2012. All documents have been filed in the matter and the matter needs to be set down for trial....

Muslim Views and Media 24
Muslim Views is one of the oldest community newspapers in Cape Town.In April 2016, Media 24 launched Modest Muse newspaper which targerts a very similar target group to Muslim Views. Muslim Views approached FXI to enquire on anti-competitive behaviou...

Smit and 94.7 Highveld Stereo [2010] JOL 26581 (BCCSA)
The broadcaster was accused of perpetuating indirect hate speech by broadcasting a song using the word "moffie." Complainant lodged a suit against 94.7 Highveld Stereo before the Broadcasting Complaints Commission, claiming that it contravened sectio...

Our client, the defendant, Heidi Lee Smith was served summons from Southern Palace Investments for defamation and damages to the amount of R850 000.00, based on a publication in our clients community newspaper, Kruger2Canyon. The matter had reached a...

Sustainability in the community broadcasting sector

Tleane, C. and Duncan, J. (2001). Broadcasting and the national question: South African broadcast media in an age of neo-liberalism
This book traces the history of neoliberalism, and its acceptance by political parties across the spectrum on the basis of acknowledging the 'realities' of globalization. Realities, it is argued, that are more fiction than fact. It considers the impa...

Tleane, C. and Duncan, J. (2003). Public Broadcasting in the Era of Cost Recovery: A Critique of the South African Broadcasting Corporation's Crisis of Accountability
The South African Broadcasting Corporation is the biggest media house in the country with its public radio section being the most popular and accessible media form that people from across races, classes and gender should have access to. Being a publi...

Vusi Mlaba Murder Case
This matter involves the progress of the alleged assassination of Vusi Mlaba from Warden. Vusi Mlaba was a respected community activist and whistle blower whose apparent assassination occurred on the 29th of April 2016 FXI Objective: Access to ...

Press Releases

July 31 2015

July 25 2014
The Freedom of Expression Institute is appalled to learn that the High Court in Mbabane, Swaziland has sentenced Bheki Makhubu, editor of the independent news magazine The Nation, and human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko to two years in prison for cont...
Open/View PDF (High-court.pdf)

June 10 2008
Civil Society meeting resolves to tackle SABC crisis & form coalition for independent broadcasting
Open/View PDF (Civil-Society-meeting-resolves-to-tackle-SABC-crisis.pdf)

March 27 2011
Save our SABC Coalition Submission to NCOP on Broadcasting Amendment Bill
Open/View PDF (Save-our-SABC-Coalition-Submission-to-NCOP-on-Broadcasting-Amendment-Bil1.pdf)

December 05 2018
Open/View PDF (Press-Statement--December-2018.pdf)


Sustainability in the community broadcasting sector