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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...

Our Funders
Freedom of Expression Institute is able to defend freedom of expression and freedom of information through the kind support of a range of donors. We are particularly grateful for the support of the following donors: 

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...

Freedom of Expression Anti Censorship Access To Information Access to Media & ICT

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 ...

Resources - Law Clinic Cases
The FXI has contributed to the body of knowledge on freedom of expression in South Africa through cases undertaken by the FXI Law Clinic. The FXI Law Clinic has intervened in over 200 freedom of expression related matters since its inception.  ...

Resources - Research
FXI research contributes towards the building of a body of knowledge that raises broad public awareness on the right to freedom of expression. The capacity to lobby effectively is backed up by quality research. Past research work has been critical to...

Resources - Training
Through civic education and capacity-building, FXI contributes towards an understanding of the rights and responsibilities related to freedom of expression and access to information. Civic education is vital to the promotion of free expression and ac...

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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).

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 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).

Freedom to receive or impart information or ideas
The right to freedom of expression includes the freedom to receive or impart information or ideas as per section 16 (1)(b) of the Constitution. 


FXI CHAIRPERSON PROF WILLIAM GUMEDE wrote "Freedom of Expression is a tenet we cannot replace"
To vote rationally, citizens need diverse information about policies, facts about the state of government, the economy and political parties. They also need credible information on political leaders and their real intentions. read

Press release
FXI celebrate the role played by the media in our country...."Maintaining  steady pressure through efforts to promote  Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in the face of dwindling budgets as well as attacks similar to the ones o...

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...

Access to Information Animation
FXI access to information animation - simplifying the Promotion of Access to Information Act

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

Right2Know Campaign
The FXI is a founding member of the Gauteng branch of the Right2Know Campaign. Since the campaign’s conception, the FXI has contributed towards the strategic and operational aspects of the campaign to ensure sustained advocacy against th...


Picket In Johannesburg
The FXI in support of the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) picket outside Luthuli House, the African National Congress (ANC) headquarters in Johannesburg in opposition to the Protection of State Information Bill, which was passed on 25 April 2013.

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...


Independent Newspapers and Minister of Intelligence Services
The Independent Newspaper (Pty) Ltd. sought disclosure of procedural records in the Masetlha v. President of the Republic of South Africa matter. The newspaper attempted to join the Masetlha matter in order to gain access to written arguments filed b...

Johncom Media Investment Ltd. v. M (CCT 08/08) [2009] ZACC 5 (17 Mar. 2009)
This case addressed the constitutional validity of section 12 of the Divorce Act of 1979 (hereinafter, "the Act"), which related to the "publication of information that comes to light during a divorce action." The application was initiated by the own...

Know your rights: Access to information handbook
Access to information handbook

The Citizen and McBride
The Citizen 1978 (Pty) Ltd. v. McBride (CCT 23/10) [2011] ZACC 11 (8 Apr. 2011) The Citizen newspaper printed a number of articles, dubbing Robert McBride (the respondent) a "murderer" and "criminal" for his role in the bombing of civilian locales a...

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

October 19 2018
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