Freedom Of Speech

Cancel culture, threats to freedom of speech, and the state of liberal democracy

Although Ian Buruma was removed as the editor-in-chief of the New York Review of Books in September 2018, he still speaks his mind

Where is civil society when you need it?

Polarisation is defining society; we need honest conversations and bridges built amid differences

Media and race: Is freedom of expression letting racists off the hook?

A series of seminars and two conferences look at how the media should deal with hate speech, writes Glenda Daniels.

​UCT’s Max Price was right to disinvite Flemming Rose, but he insulted students

The vice-chancellor rightly withdrew the Jyllands-Posten editor's invitation. But failure to consult the student body was unwise.

Mpofu defends Cliff: Paradox or hypocrisy?

How can a black lawyer who chairs an anti-racist party defend Gareth Cliff’s right to be a racist, asks Andile Mngxitama.

Dear Gareth Cliff, freedom of speech has limitations

Some utterances are banned by law and cannot be defended by claiming it is an individual's right.

African democracy update: Satisfaction remains elusive for many

Across 28 countries, only 46% of citizens say they are "very satisfied" or "fairly satisfied" with the way democracy works in their countries.

Paranoid Dos Santos government jails dissenters

Analysts have said a series of court trials in Angola were designed to silence opposition to President José dos Santos.

Eritrea unleashes its troll patrol

The Horn of Africa state is going to great lengths to derail activism and stifle criticism online.

Addressing hate speech in African digital media

Across Africa in recent years, cycles of xenophobia, ethnic hatred and homophobia have sometimes degenerated into deadly spasms of violence.

Remaining Charlie Hebdo staff crack on with new issue

Fellow French newspaper offers Charlie Hebdo massacre survivors premisies to start working on new issue to come out next Wednesday.

Stop crimes against journalists

The role of journalists in disseminating information is vital in turbulent times and it's imperative their safety is assured, writes Irina Bokova.

Latest

Court date finally set for death in detention Haffejee inquest

Another apartheid era death will be investigated after NPA pressured to finally act

State capture commission granted a 13-month extension

Judge Wendy Hughes says this is the final extension because finality is "owed to the nation"

eThekwini commuters pay for council’s contracts

Perhaps a commission of inquiry can shine the spotlight on public transport in Durban, where bus and taxi passengers have to contend with fare increases and disrupted services

Press Releases

Achieving the litmus test of social relevance

The HSS Awards honours scholarly works based on their social relevance and contribution to the humanities and social sciences

Response to the report of the independent assessors

VUT welcomes the publishing of the report of the independent assessors to investigate concerns of poor governance, leadership, management, corruption and fraud at the university.

NWU student receives international award

Carol-Mari Schulz received the Bachelor of Health Sciences in Occupational Hygiene Top Achiever Award.

Academic programme resumes at all campuses

Lectures, practicals, seminars and tutorials will all resume today as per specific academic timetables.

Strategic social investments are a catalyst for social progress

Barloworld Mbewu enables beneficiaries to move away from dependence on grant funding

We all have a part to play to make South Africa work

Powering societal progress demands partnerships between all stakeholders

So you want to be a social entrepreneur?

Do the research first; it will save money and time later

Social entrepreneurship means business

Enterprises with a cause at their core might be exactly what our economy desperately needs