freedom of expression

Ruling on Apartheid flag welcomed by IJR

It seems most South Africans are in support of a decision to officially declare the gratuitous display of the old South African flag as hate speech, harassment and unfair discrimination. On Wednesday, the Equality Court in Johannesburg ruled that the public display of the apartheid flag is now illegal and[…]

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Road to freedom still long and hard, say Capetonians

By Loushe Jordaan For South Africa, Freedom Day on 27 April marks the liberation of the country and its people from a long period of colonialism, white minority rule and Apartheid. But 24 years post democracy, the wounds of apartheid are still raw, as South Africa grapples with many socio-economic[…]

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Shot‚ intimidated and harassed – journalists under fire

Press freedom is being increasingly compromised in southern Africa‚ where journalists and media owners are being targeted for exposing the truth. Amnesty International‚ in marking World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday‚ said the intimidation of journalists sent a frightening message to their colleagues‚ causing them to self-censor. “From Angola to[…]

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‘Freedom of expression doesn’t extend to war propaganda’

The SABC operated within broadcasting legislation and the Constitution when it decided not to broadcast violent protests, said communications minister Faith Muthambi. Muthambi and a delegation from the SABC appeared before parliament’s portfolio committee on communications on Tuesday where she was giving an account of the state of affairs at[…]

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Views on media freedom diverse

The concept of freedom of expression in the media has a different meaning depending on whether you ask a journalist, an editor or a cartoonist. These different and sometimes opposing views of media freedom emerged during a panel discussion organised by the Right2Know (R2K) campaign in Cape Town on Wednesday[…]

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