DISCUSSION ON THREATS TO MEDIA FREEDOM IN SOUTHERN AFRICA – THE USE OF CRIMINAL DEFAMATION AND OTHER MECHANISMS TO SILENCE JOURNALISTS.

Salc : Caroline James

Right 2 Know (R2K), the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC), and the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI), in collaboration with the Wits Journalism School, present a discussion on:

“Threats to media freedom in southern Africa: The use of criminal defamation and other mechanisms to silence journalists.”

7 September 2015, 10h30 – 12h30, Wits Journalism School Seminar Room.

The seminar will provide perspective on the experience of journalists and activists operating in repressive media environments in Lusophone Africa, and debate the parallels for other southern African countries, including South Africa.

PROGRAMME

Caroline James – freedom of expression lawyer at SALC

Justin Pearce – research fellow at the University of Cambridge

Rafael Marques de Morais – journalist and human rights activist from Angola

Tomás Vieira Mário – lawyer, journalist and social activist from Mozambique

Tom Nkosi – journalist and media activist from South Africa

Chair: Micah Reddy – media freedom and diversity organiser at R2K

Closing remarks: Sheniece Linderboom – head of the FXI Law Clinic

Refreshments will be served.

RSVP: Pamela Timburwa at pamelat@salc.org.za

Directions: The Wits Journalism School Seminar Room is on the Twelfth floor of University Corner, corner Jorissen and Bertha Streets, Johannesburg. Please enter through the Wits Art Museum (WAM) and take the elevator to the Twelfth floor.