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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.

CFE Media Releases & Alerts

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

Mpumalanga Premier sues journalist for medicine ‘theft’ exposé

July 11, 2024
Editor Bheki Mashile is being sued by Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni for R10-million. Mtsweni believes that stories Mashile wrote in April and May 2024 were defamatory and accused him of failing  to allow .

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Allegations of signal jamming at Kgotla raises concerns in Botswana

July 9, 2024
The Campaign for Free Expression has received reports from journalists in Botswana alleging signal jamming which disrupted communication during a Kgotla (traditional meeting) last Saturday, 29 June 2024.

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Government bullying and intimidation of media escalates

July 5, 2024
The regime in Harare appears to be escalating its efforts to stifle media freedom, freedom of expression and freedom of association. More than 80 opposition supporters and civil social officials were arrested

Read More

Campaign for Free Expression and Partners to Host Landmark Summit on Freedom of Expression Ahead of 2024 Elections in Botswana

June 20, 2024
he Botswana Freedom of Expression Pre-Elections Summit takes place on 24-25 June in Gaborone, themed “Strengthening Freedom of Expression and Access to Information to Enhance Electoral Integrity”.

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NGO’s concerned about CCC’s rejection of their complaint about SABC’s banning of “flag-burning” advert

June 3, 2024
Three NGOs have expressed grave concern over a decision on Friday by the  broadcasting regulator, Icasa’s CCC, to reject on technical grounds their bid to hold the SABC to account for its failure to run the

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MMA, SOS and CFE welcome CCC judgment

May 27, 2024
MMA, SOS and CFE welcome the Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC’s) judgment that the SABC had unlawfully refused to air Democratic Alliance (DA’s) political advert.

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MMA, CFE and SOS have laid a Complaint with the ICASA’s CCC against the SABC’s Refusal to Broadcast the DA’s Advert

May 16, 2024
MMA, the CFE and the SOS have approached ICASA to intervene urgent to ensure that the SABC does not refuse legal election adverts.

Read More

Political Parties Picketed on the Streets of Mbabane Eswatini

May 15, 2024
Political Parties picketed on the streets of Mbabane to protest against the demolition of houses belonging to farm dwellers at Gege, near the border with South Africa.

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Update: Cases against Journalist Thomo Nkgadima

May 14, 2024
The trespassing and assault case against journalist Thomo Nkgadima, arrested in December in Limpopo, has been dismissed by the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court.

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Media Release

May 13, 2024
The CFE, MMA, and SOS are deeply concerned at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s statement rejecting the Democratic Alliance’s TV advertisement reflecting the burning of the South African flag.

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Zimbabwe’s Broadcasting Corporation gets a politically appointed acting CEO

May 10, 2024
Zimbabwe’s state broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) is embroiled in controversy following the recent appointment of its acting CEO who has strong links with the ruling party – ZANU-PF.

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Call the SSA off the SABC, CFE demands

April 29, 2024
Campaign for Free Expression calls on President Cyril Ramaphosa to call off his “dogs of war” , the State Security Agency (SSA) which appears to be interfering in the SABC’s coverage of the elections.

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Journalist Macmillan Mhone ARRESTED for corruption story

April 10, 2024
Police in Malawi have arrested online journalist Macmillan Mhone over a story he published in August 2023 about businessman Abdul Karim Batatawala.

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Criminal defamation is no more!

April 8, 2024
On April 3, 2024, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed into law the repeal of the common law relating to criminal defamation — a significant win for media freedom in South Africa.

Read More

CFE IW joint statement on GILAB

April 3, 2024
Despite important gains, the new General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill fails to safeguard against a second state capture.

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Media freedom organisations hail High Court ruling on bid to silence newspaper

March 3, 2024
The High Court’s slapping down of a British company’s bid to stop the M&G from publishing material about them was a blow to those who rush to court to stop journalism, MMA and the CFE said after judgement was..

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CSOs and journalists come together to discuss freedom of expression issues in Malawi

February 28, 2024
The CFE, in collaboration with Youth and Society (YAS) and the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), will host a consultative meeting with journalists and CSOs on 29 February 2024.

Read More

Zim publication forced to stop corruption report

February 20, 2024
Muleya says the military wants to know sources of the story, claiming The NewsHawks journalists have now been put under surveillance “in a move which has a chilling effect on media freedom and journalism …

Read More

ALERT: Malawi police confiscate 16 journalists’ phones

February 17, 2024
A total of 16 journalists working for the Malawi state broadcaster and some ex-employees have had their gadgets, including cellphones, seized …

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New Eswatini PM threatens media clampdown

February 15, 2024
Eswatini’s new Prime Minister, Russell Dlamini, has begun his term of office with a threat to regulate media.

Read More

Eswatini king pursues editor in SA

February 12, 2024
King Mswati II’s government in Eswatini has sought a wide-ranging interdict in the Mbombela High Court against Zweli Martin Dhlamini …

Read More

Bid to stop M&G publishing allegations

February 12, 2024
British investment firm Capital Holdings Ltd last week asked the South Gauteng High Court to make the Mail & Guardian newspaper withdraw and apologise for their allegations …

Read More

Freelancer in court for “trespassing”

February 9, 2024
Freelance journalist Thomo Nkgadima appeared in the Limpopo Magistrate’s Court to face charges of trespassing and intimdation.

Read More

Malawi: Journalist in hiding as military search for him

February 2, 2024
Renowned Malawian investigative journalist and editorial director for the Platform for Investigative Journalism (PIJ), Gregory Gondwe has gone into hiding after being alerted that he is being pursued by the cou

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Limpopo freelancer arrested after angering mayor

January 22, 2024
When Limpopo freelance journalist Thomo Nkgadima wrote a story for Sunday World about the mayor of Fetakgomo Tubatse, he drew the mayor and council’s wrath.

Read More

CFE Media Statement: The killing of Joao Chamusse continues a worrying trend of the journalists’ murders on the continent

January 9, 2024
Joao Chamusse, one of the leading journalists in Mozambique and the co-owner and editor of the online newspaper Ponto por Ponto was found dead by neighbours on 14 December 2023.

Read More

CFE Media Releases & Alerts

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

Mpumalanga Premier sues journalist for medicine ‘theft’ exposé

July 11, 2024
Editor Bheki Mashile is being sued by Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni for R10-million. Mtsweni believes that stories Mashile wrote in April and May 2024 were defamatory and accused him of failing  to allow .

Read More

Allegations of signal jamming at Kgotla raises concerns in Botswana

July 9, 2024
The Campaign for Free Expression has received reports from journalists in Botswana alleging signal jamming which disrupted communication during a Kgotla (traditional meeting) last Saturday, 29 June 2024.

Read More

Government bullying and intimidation of media escalates

July 5, 2024
The regime in Harare appears to be escalating its efforts to stifle media freedom, freedom of expression and freedom of association. More than 80 opposition supporters and civil social officials were arrested

Read More

Campaign for Free Expression and Partners to Host Landmark Summit on Freedom of Expression Ahead of 2024 Elections in Botswana

June 20, 2024
he Botswana Freedom of Expression Pre-Elections Summit takes place on 24-25 June in Gaborone, themed “Strengthening Freedom of Expression and Access to Information to Enhance Electoral Integrity”.

Read More

NGO’s concerned about CCC’s rejection of their complaint about SABC’s banning of “flag-burning” advert

June 3, 2024
Three NGOs have expressed grave concern over a decision on Friday by the  broadcasting regulator, Icasa’s CCC, to reject on technical grounds their bid to hold the SABC to account for its failure to run the

Read More

MMA, SOS and CFE welcome CCC judgment

May 27, 2024
MMA, SOS and CFE welcome the Complaints and Compliance Committee (CCC’s) judgment that the SABC had unlawfully refused to air Democratic Alliance (DA’s) political advert.

Read More

MMA, CFE and SOS have laid a Complaint with the ICASA’s CCC against the SABC’s Refusal to Broadcast the DA’s Advert

May 16, 2024
MMA, the CFE and the SOS have approached ICASA to intervene urgent to ensure that the SABC does not refuse legal election adverts.

Read More

Political Parties Picketed on the Streets of Mbabane Eswatini

May 15, 2024
Political Parties picketed on the streets of Mbabane to protest against the demolition of houses belonging to farm dwellers at Gege, near the border with South Africa.

Read More

Update: Cases against Journalist Thomo Nkgadima

May 14, 2024
The trespassing and assault case against journalist Thomo Nkgadima, arrested in December in Limpopo, has been dismissed by the Praktiseer Magistrate’s Court.

Read More

Media Release

May 13, 2024
The CFE, MMA, and SOS are deeply concerned at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)’s statement rejecting the Democratic Alliance’s TV advertisement reflecting the burning of the South African flag.

Read More

Zimbabwe’s Broadcasting Corporation gets a politically appointed acting CEO

May 10, 2024
Zimbabwe’s state broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) is embroiled in controversy following the recent appointment of its acting CEO who has strong links with the ruling party – ZANU-PF.

Read More

Call the SSA off the SABC, CFE demands

April 29, 2024
Campaign for Free Expression calls on President Cyril Ramaphosa to call off his “dogs of war” , the State Security Agency (SSA) which appears to be interfering in the SABC’s coverage of the elections.

Read More

Journalist Macmillan Mhone ARRESTED for corruption story

April 10, 2024
Police in Malawi have arrested online journalist Macmillan Mhone over a story he published in August 2023 about businessman Abdul Karim Batatawala.

Read More

Criminal defamation is no more!

April 8, 2024
On April 3, 2024, President Cyril Ramaphosa signed into law the repeal of the common law relating to criminal defamation — a significant win for media freedom in South Africa.

Read More

CFE IW joint statement on GILAB

April 3, 2024
Despite important gains, the new General Intelligence Laws Amendment Bill fails to safeguard against a second state capture.

Read More

Media freedom organisations hail High Court ruling on bid to silence newspaper

March 3, 2024
The High Court’s slapping down of a British company’s bid to stop the M&G from publishing material about them was a blow to those who rush to court to stop journalism, MMA and the CFE said after judgement was..

Read More

CSOs and journalists come together to discuss freedom of expression issues in Malawi

February 28, 2024
The CFE, in collaboration with Youth and Society (YAS) and the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), will host a consultative meeting with journalists and CSOs on 29 February 2024.

Read More

Zim publication forced to stop corruption report

February 20, 2024
Muleya says the military wants to know sources of the story, claiming The NewsHawks journalists have now been put under surveillance “in a move which has a chilling effect on media freedom and journalism …

Read More

ALERT: Malawi police confiscate 16 journalists’ phones

February 17, 2024
A total of 16 journalists working for the Malawi state broadcaster and some ex-employees have had their gadgets, including cellphones, seized …

Read More

New Eswatini PM threatens media clampdown

February 15, 2024
Eswatini’s new Prime Minister, Russell Dlamini, has begun his term of office with a threat to regulate media.

Read More

Eswatini king pursues editor in SA

February 12, 2024
King Mswati II’s government in Eswatini has sought a wide-ranging interdict in the Mbombela High Court against Zweli Martin Dhlamini …

Read More

Bid to stop M&G publishing allegations

February 12, 2024
British investment firm Capital Holdings Ltd last week asked the South Gauteng High Court to make the Mail & Guardian newspaper withdraw and apologise for their allegations …

Read More

Freelancer in court for “trespassing”

February 9, 2024
Freelance journalist Thomo Nkgadima appeared in the Limpopo Magistrate’s Court to face charges of trespassing and intimdation.

Read More

Malawi: Journalist in hiding as military search for him

February 2, 2024
Renowned Malawian investigative journalist and editorial director for the Platform for Investigative Journalism (PIJ), Gregory Gondwe has gone into hiding after being alerted that he is being pursued by the cou

Read More

Limpopo freelancer arrested after angering mayor

January 22, 2024
When Limpopo freelance journalist Thomo Nkgadima wrote a story for Sunday World about the mayor of Fetakgomo Tubatse, he drew the mayor and council’s wrath.

Read More

CFE Media Statement: The killing of Joao Chamusse continues a worrying trend of the journalists’ murders on the continent

January 9, 2024
Joao Chamusse, one of the leading journalists in Mozambique and the co-owner and editor of the online newspaper Ponto por Ponto was found dead by neighbours on 14 December 2023.

Read More

Media Defence

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

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Social media giants silent on how they will deal with threats to election integrity

May 23, 2024
How can it be, one has to ask, that the tech giants operate in this country, earn significant profits from advertisers here, hold all our data…
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

Our Articles

Recent Analyses and Opinions by our Team

Untitled-1

Social media giants silent on how they will deal with threats to election integrity

May 23, 2024
How can it be, one has to ask, that the tech giants operate in this country, earn significant profits from advertisers here, hold all our data…
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

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Botswana Pre-Elections Summit on Strengthening Freedom of Expression and Access to Information to Enhance Electoral Integrity

Event Date: Mon 24 Jun, 2024
Where: Gaborone, Botswana
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In the age of big tech platforms

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Event Date: Thu 21 Mar, 2024
Where: Education Room, Conhill
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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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