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  • Swaziland Releases Detained Editor, Lawyer

    A Swaziland editor and a rights lawyer who were arrested over an article said to be in contempt of court were freed on Sunday after a judge nullified their arrest.

    Judge Mumcy Dlamini rejected a warrant of arrest for Bheki Makhubu, the editor of the Nation magazine, and lawyer Thulani Maseko, who is a columnist at the magazine, saying it is not in line with the law.

    Makhubu and Maseko were arrested on 18 March 2014, after the independent magazine published a report questioning the detention of a government vehicle inspector who was detained for a week without being charged.

    To read the article the article titled, “Swaziland editor, lawyer released from prison,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • Angola’s Rights Record a Concern

    The Human Rights Watch's (HRW) has found that very little is going right for the vast majority of the Angola’s population, including the government’s failure to use the oil windfall to fund socio-economic development.
     
    The organisation’s annual World Report 2013 states that the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola-led government has intensified repressive measures to restrict freedom of expression, association, and assembly in 2013.
     
    The report further states that, "The government has pursued numerous criminal defamation lawsuits against outspoken journalists and activists, while continuing to use police abuse, arbitrary arrests, and intimidation to prevent peaceful anti-government protests, strikes, and other gatherings from taking place.”
     
    To read the article titled, “Nation's dire human rights situation,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Swaziland’s Terrorism Law Criticised

    Rights groups in Swaziland have called for the amendment of a terrorism law they view is aimed at silencing opposition.
     
    According to Voice of America, an external broadcasting institution of the United States, activists expressed concern over the 15 arrests made under the Suppression of Terrorism Act in the last two months, with detainees being beaten up and given death threats.
     
    The groups believe there is a need to amend the act in order to open up freedom of expression.

    To read the article titled, “Swazi activists decry terrorism law - report,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • Free Speech Translates to Good Governance

    A report, released by the Afrobarometer, has indicated that the more freely Africans can speak their minds, the more confident they are in the performance of their governments.
     
    The report found that half of Africans surveyed in 34 countries across the continent say they are ‘completely free’ to say what they think, while another quarter say they are ‘somewhat free’.
     
    "Freedom of expression is also consistently linked to better ratings of government performance, especially with respect to government effectiveness in fighting corruption, but also in other sectors such as maintaining roads and managing the economy,” it states.
     
    To read the article titled, “Free speech equals better governance, says report,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • Censorship by South African Film and Publication Board

    The Film and Publication Board's rigid and simplistic interpretation of the law seems to mean that even a film that exposes and opposes child abuse might be banned. We are in a Catch-22 situation: we want to discuss whether this film promotes or helps prevent abuse, but we are prevented from seeing it to decide that. We are expected to simply trust the Board and, given our history of the abuse of censorship powers, that is not going to happen.

    If the organisers of a reputable film festival deemed it worthy to open their proceedings, then there is an argument for the merits of this film. But that is an argument we cannot have, unless the Board allows us. It is vital that the Board's ham-handed decision be challenged, and they be made to show that this film is so dangerous and harmful that it cannot even be shown before the limited audience of a film festival.

    We have to deal with and confront issues of child abuse, not hide from them. The danger is that a ham-handed and conservative Board might impose its own predilections on the nation and try and sweep this kind of film under the carpet.

    Anton Harber
    Chair, Freedom of Expression Institute

     

  • Right2Know Campaign: National Coordinator

    Right2Know Campaign
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, September 7, 2012
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Right2Know (R2K) Campaign is an umbrella group of organisations and activists mobilising and advocating for access to information and against secrecy in government and the private sector. R2K is best known for leading the civil society campaign on the Secrecy Bill, but its work has expanded to tackle broader issues relating to freedom of expression, media freedom and diversity and the free flow of information.

    R2K seeks to appoint a new National Coordinator, based in Cape Town.

    Responsibilities:
    • Coordinating a national advocacy strategy on freedom of expression/access to information issues;
    • Planning and coordinating events - from strategy conferences to street protests;
    • Budget management;
    • Coordinating fundraising;
    • Providing support and capacity building to R2K provincial structures;
    • Liaising with media representatives and acting as a spokesperson for the organisation;
    • Monitoring political events and legislative developments that affect the right to know.
    Requirements:
    • Deep personal commitment to the democratic principles of the R2K Campaign;
    • Strong leadership skills;
    • Excellent written/verbal communication;
    • Previous experience in an activist/campaigning environment;
    • Experience in fundraising and donor management is highly desirable;
    • Should be willing to work non-conventional office hours;
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced team environment is a necessity.
    Salary: R13 200.00 per month.

    To apply, please submit a CV and brief personal statement to Tinashe Njanji at admin@r2k.org.za.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    R2K reserves the right not to make an appointment.

    For more about the Right2Know Campaign, refer to www.r2k.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • More Time Required to Fix Secrecy Bill

    The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) says that Parliament's plans to review the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) in two days makes a mockery of its duty to correct the contentious draft law.
     
    The lobby group says that President Jacob Zuma had rightly referred the official Secrecy Bill back to the National Assembly on advice that it is unconstitutional, but that the problems are too severe to be fixed by the deadline.
     
    Meanwhile, R2K spokesperson, Murray Hunter, is of the view that, "All MPs now have an important opportunity to fix the problems with the Secrecy Bill's constitutionality."
     
    To read the article titled “Info bill review a sham - Right2Know,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Two Newspapers Suspended in Tanzania

    Tanzania government has suspended two leading Swahili-language daily newspapers on sedition charges, a move criticised by rights groups.
     
    The privately-owned Mwananchi and MTanzania have been suspended for 14 and 90 days respectively for publishing hostile articles aimed at inciting people to lose confidence in state institutions.
     
    The Committee to Protect Journalists said Tanzania often relies "on an arsenal of anti-media laws" that allows the information ministry "wide discretionary powers to ban" publications.
     
    To read the article titled, “Tanzania suspends 2 papers for sedition,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • UNISA Slammed Over EFF Event

    The cancellation of the formal event at which Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, was expected to speak, paints a worrying picture of political intolerance and a lack of regard for freedom of expression in South Africa.
     
    Freedom of Expression Institute executive director, Phenyo Butale, says that cancelling an event that presented an opportunity for debate was tantamount to silencing participants in the discussion.
     
    Butale warns that, "This should not be a trend where universities meant to cultivate a culture of robust debate are at the forefront of silencing just that.”
     
    In the same vein, political analyst and director at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Steven Friedman, says the risk of violence is no reason for a university to cancel an event intended for debate.
     
    To read the article titled, “UNISA staff denounce ‘gagging’ of Malema,” click here

    Source: 
    Business Day
  • Freedom of Expression Institute: Bookkeeper

    Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Thursday, October 10, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment

    The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) was formed in 1994 to defend freedom of expression, to oppose censorship and to promote media diversity.

    FXI seeks to appoint an experienced bookkeeper in the Finance and Administration department, based in Richmond, Johannesburg.

    Responsibilities:

    • Ensure implementation of FXI accounting and financial systems, including establishing and monitoring internal controls;
    • Ensure compliance with FXI financial procedures in preparing financial statements.
    • Maintain a set of accounts from source documentation and books of prime entry;
    • Bank reconciliations;
    • Debtors and creditors input and reconciliations into accounting software;
    • Cashbook posting and reconciliations;
    • General Ledger journals and posting;
    • Balance sheet reconciliations;
    • Support the preparation of internal and external finance reports;
    • Various ad hoc tasks as required.
    Requirements:
    • Minimum of three years of bookkeeping and accounting experience in NGO environment;
    • Knowledge and experience in the use of various accounting software;
    • Experience in Microsoft Office (Important requirement and will be tested);
    • Knowledge and understanding of budgets and preparation thereof for funding proposals;
    • Knowledge of financial aspects for project management;
    • Working knowledge and understanding of audit requirements and be able to participate in this process;
    Ability to work under pressure;
    • Ability to work in a team;
    • Strong focus on deadlines and procedure;
    • Assertiveness regarding correct practices and procedures.
     To apply, submit a CV, contact details of three referees and motivation letter to reception@fxi.org.za, with ‘Bookkeeper - Your name’ in the subject line.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Correspondence will be limited to shortlisted applicants only.

    For more about FXI, refer to www.fxi.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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