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Paul Graham
Project Director, Southern Africa

By pulling out of the International Criminal Court, South Africa will give up any opportunity to influence the tribunal’s future development.

sudanese sudan president omar al-Bashir

In response to South Africa’s failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity, Freedom Hous

Paul Graham
Project Director, Southern Africa

Last month’s attacks in South Africa have forced the government to address the problem of xenophobia and led to rare regional pressure on a domestic human rights issue.

Freedom in the World 2015 found that the main factors driving the decline were the passage and use of restrictive laws against the media and and limits on the ability of local and foreign journalists to report freely within a given country.



Project Director, Southern Africa
Senior Director for Program Strategy and Development

Research Director for Freedom of the Press, Freedom in the World

Jennifer Dunham is the director of research of Freedom of the Press and Freedom in the World, and writes country reports on Southern and East Africa. 

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Strengthening participation of young people in South Africa's electoral and democratic processes

The political parties vary in impressions as to the specificity (or not) of issues that concern the youth. The issues are both substantive (concerning aspects of public policy and government action) and procedural (relevant to participation in elections and politics). Parties strive to expand their use of social media. However, the diverse demographic backgrounds of their supporters dictate that they will use a mix of traditional media (pamphlets, newsletters, speeches, door-to-door grassroots visits), intermediary electronic media (SMS and email), and social or new media (Twitter, Facebook, Mxit, WhatsApp, Google broadcasts, podcasts).


In September 2012, Freedom House led an International Freedom of Expression Mission to South Africa in order to address ongoing concerns about the passage of the repressive Protection of State Information Bill and the implementation of a government-controlled Media Appeals Tribunal. T