ARTICLES RELATING TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

SCA judgment on hate speech definition a positive step forward for democracy - Jon Qwelane's attorney

2019-12-01 19:33

A landmark Supreme Court of Appeal judgment, which found that the current definition of hate speech is unconstitutional and invalid, is a positive step forward for democracy, former ambassador, journalist and activist Jon Qwelane’s legal team says.

MyNews24 | Freedom speech vs hate speech: Does the 'anti-Christian' matric artwork cross the line?

2019-10-23 13:06

The artwork can be interpreted as exceptionally offensive to Christian people, and Christians should express their disdain for it, but it is important to allow for such criticisms and discussions to take place in our constitutional democracy.

Serjeant at the Bar: High Court judgment not the end of Ernst Roets' problems

2019-09-18 10:37

To a lay reader Judge Lamont's judgment in the Ernst Roets case may appear to be a move to duck a controversial question. However, the relief sought by the NMF was misconceived and the court's approach therefore correct, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

OPINION: On Malema, free speech and going against the grain of our cultural biographies

2019-09-17 05:00

If we want to travel the great emotional, cultural, racial and political distance that have separated us for centuries, we'll have to learn to speak to one another in a more sophisticated and humane manner, writes Chris Jones.

The tricky business of stopping social media abuse without curbing freedom of expression

2019-08-12 11:43

The invocation of freedom of speech to justify any and every form of expression on social media simply cannot be justified unless we have no interest in the preservation of democracy, writes Serjeant at the Bar.

SANDF headscarf case: Major's lawyers hoping for ministry intervention

2019-07-10 18:26

SANDF Major Fatima Isaacs has been formally charged for refusing to remove her headscarf, but her lawyers are not ruling out the possibility of an amicable resolution if the defence ministry intervenes.

Flying the 'apartheid flag' is not about freedom of expression

2019-05-02 17:42

Afrikaans culture is wonderful and rich and deserves so much more than to be represented by an anachronistic icon of a hateful past, writes Howard Feldman.

Ferial Haffajee: Has Vodacom lost its marbles?

2018-12-06 12:51

Vodacom may have lost its marbles - and she may have too, says Ferial Haffajee.

Artist criticised for painting Dlamini-Zuma engaged in sexual activity, Zuma exposed

2017-10-14 07:32

The ANC and the ANC Women's League have criticised an artwork that depicts presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma engaged in sexual activity, as President Jacob Zuma stands with his genitals exposed.

With the Bill of Rights under siege, Mogoeng is a beacon of hope

2017-06-30 06:37

As a dark cloud of intolerance, violence and corruption looms over South Africa, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is among the rare glimmers of hope, writes Anneke Scheepers.

 

Curro pupil speaks: 'Stop the satanic panic, art is meant to provoke thought'

2019-10-23 19:47

The KwaZulu-Natal Grantleigh Curro pupil who produced the artwork that a pastor considered to be "demonic" has explained that his pieces are not satanic, but a critique of the "commercialisation of contemporary organised religion".

Curro 'demonic' art project: Why allow artwork of Jesus as a clown, but ban display of apartheid flag? asks FF Plus

2019-10-22 21:29

The Freedom Front Plus wants to know why Jesus can be depicted as a clown in a school art project, which has upset some Christians, when the display of the old South African flag has been banned due to "sensitivity".

Apartheid flag: Nelson Mandela Foundation appeal Roets flag ruling

2019-09-17 19:19

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has filed an application to appeal the Equality Court ruling in favour of AfriForum's Ernst Roets and his display of the old South African flag.

OPINION: Hate speech cannot be disentangled from its violent consequences

2019-08-22 10:32

Propagating speech that wounds, that fuels and legitimises bigotry, and that labels certain people unworthy of the protection of the law, should face legal sanction, writes Melanie Judge.

A Sanef win against the EFF will be a major blow to media freedom

2019-08-11 22:42

Given that Sanef and the journalists who brought the case against the EFF are active commentating participants in day-to-day politics, do they expect to be immune from blow-back, asks Helen Zille.

Whose voice got more media coverage in 2019 electioneering?

2019-05-03 06:00

The question of pluralism in journalism should not be ignored just because it's raised in a manner we don't agree with. When accused of being too narrowminded in its reporting and commentary, a newsroom should self-reflect, writes Austil Mathebula.

The state's attempt to criminalise hate speech is flawed and unconstitutional

2019-02-24 06:00

The limitation on freedom of expression in the new 'Hate Speech Bill' is an unreasonably broad limitation, which cannot be justified, writes Christine Botha.

Media must fight racism, economic exploitation relentlessly

2018-06-25 14:46

The media must be courageous and free to expose and hold all power to account, including private sector corruption, fronting, tax evasion, the destruction of the African environment, says Mogoeng Mogoeng.

We are all dying of a broken heart

2017-07-04 13:41

For as long as there has been news, there have been attacks on the media, but personal attacks against journalists are a violation of the right of the public to be informed, writes Alet Janse van Rensburg.

The right to broadcast court cases

2017-06-26 10:59

The SCA judgment in the Henri van Breda case has boldly gone where no appeal court has gone before, marrying the age-old principle of open justice with developments in modern communications technology, writes Dario Milo.

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