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Freedom of Expression Institute

Contact Person: Scotch Tagwireyi
Address: Freedom of Expression Institute, P O BOX 30668, Braamfontein
City: Johannesburg
Country: South Africa
Postal Code: 2017
General Information: The 2003 - 2004 Freedom of Expression Institute:Annual Report has just been released

The FXI was established in 1994 to protect and foster the rights to freedom of expression and access to information, and to oppose all forms of 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 in support 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 organisationís annual general meeting. The current executive committee is in its second year of office. In addition to the executive committee, the FXI has a staff of four full-time members and a part-time librarian.

The FXI is a member of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) which is a regional organisation devoted to the promotion of freedom of expression and a free, fair and independent media. The FXI is also 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.

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