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National Conference on Freedom of Expression: Developing Contours of Advocacy and Engagement
Start Date: Sep 26, 2013
End Date: Sep 27, 2013
Venue: Misty Hills Country Hotel, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg
Description: The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) was established in 1994 to protect and foster the right to freedom of expression and to oppose censorship. Its vision is a society where everyone enjoys freedom of expression and the right to access and disseminate information. Since inception, FXI has contributed extensively to advancing the right to freedom of expression; anti-censorship, access to information and the right to protest.

The FXI is hosting a National Conference on Freedom of Expression, under the theme 'Developing Contours of Advocacy and Engagement' from 26 - 27 September 2013 in Johannesburg.

The Need for Dialogue:

The right to freedom of expression is enshrined in the Constitution of South Africa. However, despite this preservation, there are concerns across the country of a growing culture of intolerance towards views divergent from those of the status quo. This has given rise to increasing attempts to suppress the people’s right to free expression, access to information protest and assembly. The national conference therefore seeks to highlight and address issues arising out of this challenging environment. In this, contributing towards an open and transparent government, respect of fundamental human rights and promoting sustainable democracy in South Africa.

Conference Theme and Objectives:

Developing contours of advocacy and engagement is the theme of the 2013 national conference on freedom of expression. The conference aims to provide delegates with an opportunity to share knowledge and experiences for the advancement of freedom of expression in South Africa. The main theme of 'developing contours of advocacy and engagement' will be engaged through a combination of plenary and workshop sessions. These sessions will engage the discourse on freedom of expression through sub-themes that will cover issues ranging from developments in the law and practice of access to information, regulation of media, censorship, control and ownership among various other areas.

RSVP: Tel: +27(0) 11 482 1913, E-mail: research@fxi.org.za.

For more about the Freedom of Expression Institute, refer www.fxi.org.za.
Website: http://www.fxi.org.za
Created By: CPSI
Organizers: Freedom of Expression Institute
Participation Requirements: Open

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