Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Forum: Is our freedom of speech in danger?

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Meet The Press

At its Polokwane conference, the ANC adopted a resolution to create a media tribunal, to which public complaints can be made. Will it be used to restrict our freedom of speech, or is it just part of the pre-election hype?

"Meet the Press" is a new public forum hosted by The Weekender and the University of Johannesburg. It will bring together national media personalities who will debate issues of the day with some of our top politicians.

Join us in what promises to be an intriguing debate.

  • Zwelinzima Vavi, Cosatu general secretary
  • Jessie Duarte, African National Congress spokesperson
  • Karima Brown, Business Day political editor
  • Stephen Grootes, Talk Radio 702 political reporter
  • Prof Adam Habib, University of Johannesburg deputy vice chancellor will facilitate the debate and let you have your say.

WHERE: Arts Centre Auditorium, University of Johannesburg, Kingsway Campus,
Cnr Kingsway & University Rd, Aukland Park.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 12, 2008
TIME: 6:00 for 6:30 pm
RSVP: Lucille Smith by November 11, 2008
on or 011 280 3652


I have put together a list of links on or by each speaker on the freedom of expression issue:

  • 'Vavi defends "shoot and kill" for Zuma remarks.'
  • Duarte: 'freedom of the media in South Africa today was undermined not by the state but by commercial interests'.
  • Brown's muzzling during the SABC blacklisting saga.
  • Grootes interviews Dario Milo about the far-reaching implications of the Protection of Information Bill.
  • Habib is defended by the American Civil Liberties Union against ideological exclusion by the Department of Homeland Security, USA.


  1. I find your blog extremely informative and helpful! Thanks so much.

  2. Thanks Stephanie, I will check out your blog in more depth soon, it also looks interesting.