Monitoring and defending freedom of expression and privacy on the internet in South Africa

Report Year:   
2011: internet rights democratisation update 1
Organization: 
Jane Duncan - School of Journalism and Media studies, Rhodes University
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in 1994, South Africa experienced a largely peaceful transition to democracy after decades of apartheid. This transition also led to constitutional guarantees for fundamental human rights, including the rights to freedom of expression and privacy – rights that are central to internet freedom. While freedom of ex- pression has been largely respected, in the past few years, South Africa’s media freedom rating has been downgraded by several international media freedom monitoring organisations. Against this backdrop, this report assesses the extent to which the rights to freedom of expression, association and privacy are enjoyed on the internet in South Africa. 

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