Freedom of Expression Institute

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Don't confuse this with the older Packwood/Smith Freedom of Expression Foundation

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) "was established in 1994 to protect and foster the rights to freedom of expression and access to information, and to oppose censorship. The Institute was formed from a merger of three organisations: The Campaign for Open Media, the Anti-Censorship Action Group and the Media Defence Trust.

"The FXI undertakes a wide range of activities insupport of these objectives, including lobbying, education, monitoring, research, publicity and litigation and the funding of legal cases that advance these rights. In the process, it networks with, and collaborates with, a wide range of organisations locally and internationally.

"The FXI is a voluntary, non-governmental organisation managed by an Executive Committee, which is elected once every two years at the organisation's Annual General Meeting (AGM ). In addition to the Executive Committee, the FXI has a staff of eight full-time members.

"The FXI is a member of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) which monitors freedom of the media and freedom of expression on a global scale. Through the IFEX Action Alert system, FXI publicises freedom of expression violations in South Africa and draws in other organisations to support its campaigns." [1]

2006 Executive Committee