‘I believe I was insulted', says chief magistrate

2019-10-09 16:07

Pietermaritzburg’s chief magistrate has testified that she believes that her colleague Divesh Mootheram spoke about her in an insulting way despite not hearing the actual words from him.

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.

'Here's a tiny little flag. Is that hate speech?' - lawyer argues on behalf of AfriForum's Ernst Roets

2019-09-04 16:25

The Equality Court must accept AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets' version stating why he tweeted a picture of the apartheid flag - after a court ruling banning its gratuitous display, his lawyer has argued.

Kallie Kriel: Banning in the name of Mandela

2019-08-29 05:00

People who are satisfied with the banning of the old flag should realise what the consequences may be in future if someone feels offended by something else that is important to them, writes Kallie Kriel.

Nelson Mandela Foundation to take AfriForum's Ernst Roets to court over apartheid flag tweet

2019-08-23 11:10

The Nelson Mandela Foundation says it will file an urgent application in the High Court to declare that Ernst Roets, Afriforum's deputy chief, is in contempt of court for a tweet using the old apartheid 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.

Twitter moves to curb hate speech based on religion

2019-07-11 08:20

Twitter is moving to filter out inappropriate content based on religion as part of its effort to curb hate speech.

Malema: Journalists are 'politicians' who should grow thicker skins

2019-07-05 17:44

EFF leader Julius Malema has accused the South African National Editors' Forum and a group of journalists who took him to the Equality Court of being "politicians" who want to silence him and the EFF.

YouTube to ban 'hateful,' 'supremacist' videos

2019-06-06 11:48

YouTube announced it would ban videos promoting or glorifying racism and discrimination as well as those denying well-documented violent events, like the Holocaust or the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting.


Mootheram in court

2019-10-08 15:00

Pietermaritzburg magistrate Divesh Mootheram on Monday pleaded not guilty in the Pietermaritzburg regional court to a charge of crimen injuria.

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.

'Contempt of court' flag case against AfriForum set for Tuesday

2019-09-02 22:06

AfriForum will be defending itself in a contempt of court application after its deputy CEO Ernst Roets tweeted a picture of the old South African flag hours after an Equality Court ruling.

Hate speech case: Freedom of expression matters most in cases that provoke controversy, ConCourt hears

2019-08-27 19:17

Advocate Gilbert Marcus SC, on behalf of Media Monitoring Africa, has submitted to the Constitutional Court that freedom of expression matters the most "in cases that provoke controversy".

Pieter du Toit: The old flag and the unbearable whiteness of being AfriForum

2019-08-22 14:28

The old flag was the product of attempts to unify white South Africa, to the exclusion of black South Africans, something which Roets and AfriForum have difficulty understanding, never mind admit, writes Pieter du Toit.

Mahlatse Mahlase: Setting the record straight on why Sanef took the EFF to court

2019-08-14 15:17

The purpose of our complaint is not to stifle criticism of the media. We believe that the comments by the EFF, Malema and their supporters go beyond fair criticism and constitute hate speech under the Equality Act, writes Mahlatse Mahlase.

The very real dangers of social media: Why we should rather delete than forward

2019-08-07 05:15

Having to deal with political and other news daily, I'm painfully aware of the frequency of fake news on social media. The problem is that people seem to trust these "reports" more than the mainstream media, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Zindzi Mandela faces hate speech complaint over land tweet

2019-07-09 18:58

Lobby group AfriForum has submitted a hate speech complaint against Zindzi Mandela to the South African Human Rights Commission for comments she made on social media last month.

WATCH: Facebook to ID French hate speech suspects

2019-06-26 07:57

In a world first, Facebook has agreed to hand over the identification data of French users suspected of hate speech on its platform to judges.

Facebook may be told to censor users' hateful posts globally

2019-06-04 19:07

Facebook may be ordered to remove offensive content posted by users in the European Union and then also hunt for similar posts anywhere in the world, according to an EU court opinion that the internet giant warned was a threat to freedom of speech.

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