This course provides an overview of the international and African legal framework and mechanisms for promotion and protection of freedom of expression, access to information, safety of journalists and related issues.
The following modules are covered:
Module 1: General introduction to the international and regional framework on freedom of expression
Module 2: Legitimate restrictions on the right to freedom of expression
Module 3: The safety of journalists and the issue of impunity
Module 4: The right of access to information in the context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; and
Module 5: New challenges to freedom of expression and the internet
On completion of the course, participants should understand the following:
- Fundamental principles of human rights specifically, the right to freedom of expression;
- Legitimate restrictions to freedom of expression;
- The legal framework on the safety of journalists;
- Access to information and its role in the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; and
- Contemporary challenges to freedom of expression in the digital age.
Target Audience: The course is designed for judicial officers in Africa, including judges and prosecutors and may also be of interest to lawyers, the media and free expression advocates
Course is offered by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria with the support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).