Category : South Africa

Ray Joseph: South Africans voice anger at country’s media environment

alt informationThe media does not care about us, they never report things relevant to us and papers are only interested if there is bad news

Raymond Joseph: Activism reawakens in South Africa’s students

alt informationSouth Africa has been witnessing a reawakening of activism among students after a hiatus of almost two decades. For a week, campuses across the country embarked on the biggest nationwide student protests since the birth of the new democratic society in 1994.

South Africa’s “biggest protests since apartheid”

alt informationMany South African universities remain closed as thousands of students protest proposed fee hikes in what is believed to be some of the largest demonstrations to hit the country since apartheid. So far, 29 South Africans have been charged with violent offences as police continue to use heavy-handed tactics. High treason is among the alleged […]

Raymond Joseph: South Africa in danger of losing hard-earned freedoms

alt informationSouth Africa's government is seeking to adapt the country's post-Apartheid Film and Publications Act of 1996 for the 21st century. Raymond Joseph explores the impact on freedom of expression.

Simeon Gready: An over-the-top regulation policy

alt informationIndex on Censorship youth advisory board member Simeon Gready explains why he thinks proposed regulations have huge implications for freedom of expression in South Africa

Raymond Joseph: South Africa’s camera-shy police target journalists

alt informationDespite high-level meetings between media and the police’s top brass, who say that such actions are not condoned, incidents of journalist harassment continue to occur

26 May: Zanele Muholi in conversation with Bidisha

alt informationWriter, campaigner and broadcaster Bidisha joins South African photographer and human rights campaigner Zanele Muholi in London to discuss the power of art in activism and the importance of visibility and representation in combating prejudice and human rights abuse.

South Africa must support novelist Zainub Priya Dala

Index calls on South Africa's government to protect the right of individuals to freedom of expression guaranteed by the country's constitution. Further, South Africa must provide protection for Dala.

In memory of Nadine Gordimer

Index remembers the Nobel and Booker Prize winning author, activist and long-time Index supporter

South Africa’s new “ministry of propaganda” aims to control free flow of information

alt informationThe new ministry of communication seems a direct intervention to stem negative publicity for President Jacob Zuma and the ANC, Christi van der Westhuizen

South Africa: From glory to uncomfortable glare

alt informationOlympic glory has melted in the glare of media attention shining a spotlight two athlete's most intimate moments. Firdose Moonda reports

South African band that wrote song about Mugabe denied entry to Zimbabwe

alt informationFreshlyground were turned away at Harare International Airport just hours before they were set to play at the closing night of a festival in the capital, Firdose Moonda reports