Freedom of Expression

News24 vs Sunday Independent: a look at the Press Ombud’s ruling

Opinion may be “extreme, unjust, unbalanced, exaggerated and prejudiced” but it must be “honestly-held … without malice, on a matter of public interest on facts that are true”.


Law | 18 June 2024

New law proposed to stop SLAPP suits

The Centre for Applied Legal Studies and Right2Protest hope legislators will adopt it to protect journalists and activists


News | 12 June 2024

Western Cape separatist loses complaint against Daily Maverick

A ruling by the Press Ombud has helped clarify clauses about fact versus opinion in the Press Code


Law | 9 May 2024

Kaizer Chiefs vs Sunday World: Press Ombud rules against headline

Editors may feel that rulings like this tie their hands when it comes to punchy headlines


Law | 29 April 2024

Cape Town school in the dark because it owes thousands to Eskom

A teacher at Vergenoegd Primary in Delft, Cape Town, says they discovered that the bursar office missed payments from August 2023


News | 25 March 2024

Bester and Magudumana fail to stop TV documentary

Four-part Showmax series on the Facebook rapist starts Friday


Law | 15 March 2024

Google moves against notorious spam news website

BNN Breaking no longer appears high up in search results


Brief | 12 March 2024

Photographing an eviction in Cape Town

I placed a GoPro on my camera to show what’s happening from a photographer’s perspective


Video | 29 February 2024

Judges grapple with use of “ma se p…”

Court considers nuances of grammar in decision to acquit man


Law | 29 February 2024

Crowd storms police station after Komani protest leaders arrested

A planned shutdown of the Eastern Cape town was thwarted by police


Brief | 23 February 2024

South African journalists hold vigil in solidarity with Palestinian journalists

Committee to Protect Journalists has recorded 83 deaths since 7 October but is investigating many other unconfirmed deaths of reporters


Brief | 28 January 2024

Aussie mining company “SLAPP suit” partly settled out of court

Six South African defendants have reached an agreement with Mineral Commodities Ltd


News | 22 November 2023

“Activist” ordered to remove defamatory social media posts

“Believing that one pursues a worthy cause in the public interest does not justify publishing false statements about another party”


Law | 19 October 2023

Bester and Magudumana threaten court action to stop book release

Thabo Bester wants to “avoid being prosecuted by and in the media”, according to his lawyers


Brief | 11 October 2023

UCT should not host anti-gay professor

Patrick Lumumba’s statements perpetuate lies about same-sex relationships in African history


Opinion | 4 July 2023