Freedom of Expression

Freedom of expression and the right to information are essential in a functioning democracy. Unfortunately, they are both under severe threat in southern Africa. SALC’s media defence and right to information programme works with local, regional and international civil society organisations and lawyers to address violations of freedom of expression and against the media, including censorship, restrictive control and regulation of the media by the state, threats of economic and criminal sanctions against critical newspapers and journalists, criminal defamation and insult laws, threats of extra-judicial physical harm against investigative journalists and absence or under-utilization  of access to information legislation. SALC also uses the right to information to ensure access to information regarding key human rights abuses in the region.


Blog Posts

MEDIA ADVISORY: Judicial Review of Decision to Grant Refugee Status to Suspected War Criminal Appeal Hearing before the Supreme Court of Appeal

Johannesburg- On Wednesday 24 May 2017, the Supreme Court of Appeal will hear an appeal » Read More


By Jessica Fitzgerald, an intern at SALC Every year, on 8 March, the world celebrates » Read More

Decriminalising Defamation in Africa

Last month a High Court in Kenya declared the offence of criminal defamation inconsistent with » Read More


Zambia: Challenging the Mental Disorders Act of 1949

SALC is supporting a petition by two persons with mental disabilities and the Mental Health » Read More

Malawi: Challenging the criminalisation of breastfeeding by women living with HIV

SALC worked with the International Coalition of Women (ICW), Malawi and a private lawyer, Mr Wesley » Read More


SALC is working with Youth Watch Society (YOWSO) in Malawi on a case seeking the » Read More


Anneke Meerkotter

Trial of Paul Kasonkomona points to politically motivated arrest

On 16 October 2013, the long awaited trial of human rights activist, Paul Kasonkomona, proceeded in the Lusaka Magistrates Court in Zambia. Evidence led by the State during Kasonkomona’s trial confirms suspicions that the arrest and prosecution of Kasonkomona was politically motivated. On 7 April 2013 Kasonkomona was arrested outside …» Read More