Over and over and over again commenters and tweeple insist on discussing false rape accusations over rape survivors’ experiences and the challenges they face in dealing with their trauma, finding support and reporting to the police. This despite the fact that false rape accusations make up less than a percentage of the total projected rapes… Read More ›
This morning the Weekend Post broke the news that Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi has been accused of rape by an unknown woman. The story quickly spread across social media as various news organisations ran their own versions of the recent allegations to plague the beleaguered (and often controversial) Vavi. Journalists’ coverage of the allegation have brought up ethical questions around the reporting of sexual violence.
TWO East London men drowned on Saturday evening and a third is missing after their boat capsized while fishing at the Fish River mouth near Port Alfred.
Below I’ve posted my interaction with Webber Wentzel media law guy Greg Palmer on the “[University Name Here] Confessions” Facebook page craze. His legalese comment was too long for my story on it, and I thought y’all would fancy a look at the legal issues relating to these pages. Enjoy! And please drop any thoughts in the comments.
The Press Ombudsman has denied allegations made by the National Department of Communications that the Press Council formally dismissed its complaint against Sunday Times editor Phylicia Oppelt.
In a South African Press Association’s (SAPA) report published on News24 this morning, communications spokesperson Wisani Ngobeni reportedly claimed that the Press Council had turned away the department’s complaint against Oppelt.
CHARLENE Donald and Larissa Klazinga are about as different as two women can be. Donald, 23, is bi-racial, of Xhosa descent and grew up in a Jehovah’s Witness home in East London. Klazinga, 40, is Jewish and grew up in a small gold-mining town in Gauteng. Klazinga is a vegetarian, while Donald loves to eat… Read More ›
The South African government’s claim that it will establish 58 dedicated sexual offences courts, to be fully operational by September this year, appears to be untrue. No budget has been announced and there appears to be no clear framework for how the courts will operate.
A NEW law against stalking and harassment came into effect over the weekend after many years of campaigning by sexual violence NGOs.
The Protection from Harassment Act (PHA) was adopted by parliament in 2011, and came into effect on Saturday April 27.
In a statement the Department of Justice (DoJ) explained that the PHA would provide South Africans with an in expensive civil remedy to deal with harassment, mainly by means of a court order preventing the harasser from con tinuing with the unwanted behaviour. Any person that con travenes such a court order is guilty of an offence and liable to fine and/or a maximum prison sentence of five years, according to the DoJ.
A Rhodes University student spoke to the Daily Dispatch about an online stalker that has been harassing her since October 2012. The student asked not to be named.
So, journalist Barry Bateman asked me on Twitter this evening about the relationship between porn and rape. What evidence, solid studies positively link porn to rape? @jacquesr @mishsolomon — Barry Bateman (@barrybateman) April 24, 2013 I’m not sure why Barry posited the question to me, but that’s neither here nor there. Soon after this tweet,… Read More ›
By MICHELLE SOLOMON and ZIPO-ZENKOSI NCOKAZI MANY police officers in the East London policing area do not know how to respond to rape cases, [an] investigation revealed. The investigation also found that a few did not appear to know the legal definition of rape. This week, [we] visited seven East London police stations and presented… Read More ›
Received my copy of My First Time in the mail this week – I have my first story published in this book. This story changed my life. It was after this story was published that I began to fight back. I read this story now, and cried hard. I cried grateful tears for how far… Read More ›
My report for the City Press on the October floods in the Eastern Cape, and how they affected people living in the Makana local municipality. Pictures by Adrian Frost.
South Africa is ranked number one for Internet Freedom on the continent, with the status “free” for while Ethiopia was ranked lowest, and “not free” – of the countries counted in the survey by watchdog organisation, Freedom House, last month. However, it noted there were two threats to SA’s “free” status: the Protection of State Information bill (Secrecy bill) and the lesser known General Intelligence Laws Amendment bill.
I have decided to start monitoring reports of internet censorship in Africa, and will write-up a monthly update from here on out. The update will include known arrests and harassment of bloggers and other netizens around the continent. This list won’t be limited to cases of state repression, but will also include private or corporate… Read More ›
Internet freedom and access to information is increasingly at risk as mega-powers like Russia and China seek to limit outgoing information flows and dissent, said Alexey Sidorenko of Russia-based Teplitsa. Sidorenko was the keynote speaker of day two of the annual Highway Africa conference on media development hosted by Rhodes University, Grahamstown.