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The right to express yourself is the right to be human, as we come alive through communicating, expressing ourselves, protesting, meeting and connecting.

What We Stand For

The Campaign for Free Expression (CFE) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting and expanding the right to free expression for ALL, and enabling EVERYONE to exercise this right to the full, whether it by speaking out, by protesting, by revealing information, by blowing the whistle on wrong-doing, by arguing, debating, writing, painting, composing or just by shouting out an opinion.

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In the media

Freedom of Speech is a foundational right, as it is the right to fight for all one’s other rights. Without it, one cannot defend the right to life, health, equality or justice

CFE, BFE host forum to tackle growing legal cases against journalists in Botswana

November 7, 2023
CFE in partnership with the Botswana Editors Forum and the INK Centre for Investigative Journalism on Tuesday hosted a Media Defence Seminar to tackle issues relating to legal cases that are against journalists

Media defence seminar coming next week

November 7, 2023
CFE has partnered with Botswana Editors’ Forum (BEF) and INK Centre for Investigative Journalism to host a Media Defence Seminar on October 31st, 2023, with support from Media Defence London.

Nightline Africa

November 7, 2023
Zambia’s Lungu Announces Return to Politics, Botswana Civil Society to Discuss Legal Cases Against Journalists and More
Campaign

Lady R incident

July 24, 2023
The Presidency has brushed off our request to make the inquiry into the Lady R incident Did they load arms into the Russian ship? public, and to commit to publishing the report.
Campaign

CFE in court to prevent silencing of investigative journalists

June 16, 2023
Mazetti Management Services and Another v amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism NPC and Others. Cases (Finalised), Constitutional & Administrative Law, Information Rights & Media Law, Public Internati

A law we neither need nor want

May 24, 2023
Criticism of government sometimes takes on a racial tone, whether intended or not. Certainly, the ANC has often felt that some of its critics are motivated by racism of the “What do you expect from them?” 

Health officials are using public service rules to stifle dissent, report finds.

March 30, 2023
Health and Wellness – Health officials are using public service rules to stifle dissent, report finds

Campaign for Free Expression launches Silent Killer report about how the public service regulations silence the voices of public health workers

March 24, 2023
Campaign for free expressions launch Silent Killer report about how the public service regulations silence the voices of public health workers.

How the health department bends the law to gag health workers – report

March 23, 2023
Government health workers in South Africa have to watch their patients die of preventable causes — often due to a lack of equipment and understaffed health facilities — because they’re banned from speaking out

Health officials are using public service rules to stifle dissent, report finds

March 23, 2023
Instead of acting on concerns that are raised by healthcare workers, managers are turning on them, says the Campaign for Free Expr

Campaign for Free Expression (CFE) condemns assassination threats, intimidation on journalists in Eswatini

March 22, 2023
Campaign for Free Expression(CFE)condemns assassination threats, intimidation on journalists in Eswatini.

Shut up and toe the line – the daily lot of a South African public health worker

March 16, 2023
Authorities in some public hospitals abuse the law to cover up their incompetence. They care more about protecting their image than they do about saving patients’ lives and, as a result, they abuse their power

Campaign for Free Expression reveals that health workers are silenced and bullied

March 1, 2023
Campaign for Free Expression reveals that health workers are silenced and bullied

Eswatini newspaper silenced from printing terror suspects’ confessions implicating leaders

February 9, 2023
An Eswatini high court has stopped the country’s biggest newspaper from continuing to publish a series of articles based on confessions of two terror suspects. The suspects have confessed to crimes implicating

Zanu-PF passes anti-NGO bill, killing last line of defence for human rights in Zimbabwe

February 6, 2023
The passing last week of a new law to control civil society organisations in Zimbabwe is an ominous sign of the consolidation of Zanu-PF power in the build-up to this year’s elections.

Thulani Maseko’s murder exposes the political wrangling hobbling Eswatini’s march to democracy

February 3, 2023
A memorial is being held in South Africa on Friday for murdered human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko, whose country, Eswatini, has become the skunk of southern Africa.

‘Silence the guns, let us all talk’

October 24, 2022
A wide cross-section of Emaswati came together during a Freedom of Expression Summit in Manzini last week, calling for an end to the violence currently engulfing the country, while urging the nation to embrace

#eNCA speaks to Anton Harber about former President Jacob Zuma’s private prosecution journalist of Karyn Maghan and prosecutor Billy Downer.

October 10, 2022
Former President Jacob Zuma guns for journalist Karyn Maghan and prosecutor Billy Downer in a private prosecution. He accuses them of allegedly leaking and publishing his medical records. For more, #eNCA speaks

eSwatini declares editor Zweli Martin Dlamini and Swaziland News as “terrorists”

July 4, 2022
The Kingdom of eSwatini has declared journalist Zweli Martin Dlamini and his South African-based online publication, Swaziland News, as “specified entities” who “knowingly facilitate the commission of terrorist

16 June: So what, when the youth cannot freely express themselves 46 years later?

June 16, 2022
Youth Day, 16 June, is here again – and we will go about it with the same activities and conversations as usual.

Anton Harber is interviewed on Voice of the Cape radio station

May 29, 2022
Anton Harber is interviewed on Voice of the Cape radio station, making a plea for more reportage and less opinion in our news coverage.
Campaign

On Freedom Day, it is worth remembering that our freedom of expression is both valuable and vulnerable.

April 26, 2022
On Freedom Day, it is worth remembering that our freedom of expression is both valuable and vulnerable. We cannot take it for granted, argues Anton Harber.

South African organisation joins call for free press in Malawi

April 11, 2022
The recent arrest and release of Platform for Investigative Journalism (PIJ) Managing Director Vitus Gregory Gondwe presents an opportunity to ask whether freedom of expression, access to information and whistl

New Zim law threatens Zim civil society

March 21, 2022
On our Human Rights Day, let’s spare a thought for Zimbabweans who face new threats to the civic space and freedom of expression that is so vital to democracy, writes Margaret Zulu.

CFE director Anton Harber interviewed about Russia Today on Kyknet Verslag

March 8, 2022
CFE director Anton Harber interviewed about Russian Today on Kyknet Verslag, 8 March 2022. I dislike the Russia Today (RT) television channel, as it is the propaganda tool of a dangerous and corrupt autocrat.

Southern Africa media organisations to send delegation to Botswana to protest new Bill which would threaten the country’s media freedom

February 3, 2022
Southern Africa media organisations to send delegation to Botswana to protest new Bill which would threaten the country’s media freedom

Media Releases

CFE publishes regular statements and alerts on developments and events that impact on free expression. To receive our alerts, click here.

CFE, BFE host forum to tackle growing legal cases against journalists in Botswana

November 7, 2023
CFE in partnership with the Botswana Editors Forum and the INK Centre for Investigative Journalism on Tuesday hosted a Media Defence Seminar to tackle issues relating to legal cases that are against journalists

Media defence seminar coming next week

November 7, 2023
CFE has partnered with Botswana Editors’ Forum (BEF) and INK Centre for Investigative Journalism to host a Media Defence Seminar on October 31st, 2023, with support from Media Defence London.

Nightline Africa

November 7, 2023
Zambia’s Lungu Announces Return to Politics, Botswana Civil Society to Discuss Legal Cases Against Journalists and More
Campaign

Lady R incident

July 24, 2023
The Presidency has brushed off our request to make the inquiry into the Lady R incident Did they load arms into the Russian ship? public, and to commit to publishing the report.
Campaign

CFE in court to prevent silencing of investigative journalists

June 16, 2023
Mazetti Management Services and Another v amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism NPC and Others. Cases (Finalised), Constitutional & Administrative Law, Information Rights & Media Law, Public Internati

A law we neither need nor want

May 24, 2023
Criticism of government sometimes takes on a racial tone, whether intended or not. Certainly, the ANC has often felt that some of its critics are motivated by racism of the “What do you expect from them?” 

Health officials are using public service rules to stifle dissent, report finds.

March 30, 2023
Health and Wellness – Health officials are using public service rules to stifle dissent, report finds

Campaign for Free Expression launches Silent Killer report about how the public service regulations silence the voices of public health workers

March 24, 2023
Campaign for free expressions launch Silent Killer report about how the public service regulations silence the voices of public health workers.

How the health department bends the law to gag health workers – report

March 23, 2023
Government health workers in South Africa have to watch their patients die of preventable causes — often due to a lack of equipment and understaffed health facilities — because they’re banned from speaking out

Health officials are using public service rules to stifle dissent, report finds

March 23, 2023
Instead of acting on concerns that are raised by healthcare workers, managers are turning on them, says the Campaign for Free Expr

Campaign for Free Expression (CFE) condemns assassination threats, intimidation on journalists in Eswatini

March 22, 2023
Campaign for Free Expression(CFE)condemns assassination threats, intimidation on journalists in Eswatini.

Shut up and toe the line – the daily lot of a South African public health worker

March 16, 2023
Authorities in some public hospitals abuse the law to cover up their incompetence. They care more about protecting their image than they do about saving patients’ lives and, as a result, they abuse their power

Campaign for Free Expression reveals that health workers are silenced and bullied

March 1, 2023
Campaign for Free Expression reveals that health workers are silenced and bullied

Eswatini newspaper silenced from printing terror suspects’ confessions implicating leaders

February 9, 2023
An Eswatini high court has stopped the country’s biggest newspaper from continuing to publish a series of articles based on confessions of two terror suspects. The suspects have confessed to crimes implicating

Zanu-PF passes anti-NGO bill, killing last line of defence for human rights in Zimbabwe

February 6, 2023
The passing last week of a new law to control civil society organisations in Zimbabwe is an ominous sign of the consolidation of Zanu-PF power in the build-up to this year’s elections.

Thulani Maseko’s murder exposes the political wrangling hobbling Eswatini’s march to democracy

February 3, 2023
A memorial is being held in South Africa on Friday for murdered human rights lawyer Thulani Maseko, whose country, Eswatini, has become the skunk of southern Africa.

‘Silence the guns, let us all talk’

October 24, 2022
A wide cross-section of Emaswati came together during a Freedom of Expression Summit in Manzini last week, calling for an end to the violence currently engulfing the country, while urging the nation to embrace

#eNCA speaks to Anton Harber about former President Jacob Zuma’s private prosecution journalist of Karyn Maghan and prosecutor Billy Downer.

October 10, 2022
Former President Jacob Zuma guns for journalist Karyn Maghan and prosecutor Billy Downer in a private prosecution. He accuses them of allegedly leaking and publishing his medical records. For more, #eNCA speaks

eSwatini declares editor Zweli Martin Dlamini and Swaziland News as “terrorists”

July 4, 2022
The Kingdom of eSwatini has declared journalist Zweli Martin Dlamini and his South African-based online publication, Swaziland News, as “specified entities” who “knowingly facilitate the commission of terrorist

16 June: So what, when the youth cannot freely express themselves 46 years later?

June 16, 2022
Youth Day, 16 June, is here again – and we will go about it with the same activities and conversations as usual.

Anton Harber is interviewed on Voice of the Cape radio station

May 29, 2022
Anton Harber is interviewed on Voice of the Cape radio station, making a plea for more reportage and less opinion in our news coverage.
Campaign

On Freedom Day, it is worth remembering that our freedom of expression is both valuable and vulnerable.

April 26, 2022
On Freedom Day, it is worth remembering that our freedom of expression is both valuable and vulnerable. We cannot take it for granted, argues Anton Harber.

South African organisation joins call for free press in Malawi

April 11, 2022
The recent arrest and release of Platform for Investigative Journalism (PIJ) Managing Director Vitus Gregory Gondwe presents an opportunity to ask whether freedom of expression, access to information and whistl

New Zim law threatens Zim civil society

March 21, 2022
On our Human Rights Day, let’s spare a thought for Zimbabweans who face new threats to the civic space and freedom of expression that is so vital to democracy, writes Margaret Zulu.

CFE director Anton Harber interviewed about Russia Today on Kyknet Verslag

March 8, 2022
CFE director Anton Harber interviewed about Russian Today on Kyknet Verslag, 8 March 2022. I dislike the Russia Today (RT) television channel, as it is the propaganda tool of a dangerous and corrupt autocrat.

Southern Africa media organisations to send delegation to Botswana to protest new Bill which would threaten the country’s media freedom

February 3, 2022
Southern Africa media organisations to send delegation to Botswana to protest new Bill which would threaten the country’s media freedom

We Offer Legal Support to Journalists whose free expression is under attack

Campaign for Free Expression, working with Media Defence, is offering limited
legal support for Southern African journalists who are facing court action for their work. The journalist must be based in Southern Africa and their work must appear online.

Our Articles

Recent Analyses and Opinions by our Team

Daily Maverick

We may not like David Teeger’s support of the Israeli army, but we should not persecute him for expressing this

December 1, 2023
Whether or not you agree with Proteas U19 captain David Teeger’s view’s on Israel, we must protect his right to express those views, argues Anton Harber.
Daily Maverick

Suppressing the arts – patronage, mismanagement and censorship in the cultural sector

November 7, 2023
Cultural workers say there are genuine fears of intimidation, threats of violence, silencing and withdrawal of funds if they speak out against the mismanagement
Laws needed to stop SLAPPs against journalists-min

Laws needed to stop SLAPPs against journalists

July 6, 2023
The media and investigative reporters in particular are facing a new kind of onslaught, this time not from the state but from elements of the private sector. T

Our Articles

Recent Analyses and Opinions by our Team

Daily Maverick

We may not like David Teeger’s support of the Israeli army, but we should not persecute him for expressing this

December 1, 2023
Whether or not you agree with Proteas U19 captain David Teeger’s view’s on Israel, we must protect his right to express those views, argues Anton Harber.
Daily Maverick

Suppressing the arts – patronage, mismanagement and censorship in the cultural sector

November 7, 2023
Cultural workers say there are genuine fears of intimidation, threats of violence, silencing and withdrawal of funds if they speak out against the mismanagement
Laws needed to stop SLAPPs against journalists-min

Laws needed to stop SLAPPs against journalists

July 6, 2023
The media and investigative reporters in particular are facing a new kind of onslaught, this time not from the state but from elements of the private sector. T

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WATCH LIVE | FRONTLINE: Campaign for Free Expression warns of threats to free speech in SA

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Event Date: Wed 6 Dec, 2023
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Event Date: Tue 5 Dec, 2023
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CFE takes Media Defence Seminar to Zimbabwe

Event Date: Wed 8 Nov, 2023
Where: Harare, Zimbabwe
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