Resource centre: Media laws, cases and analyses

The legal environment and free expression
Laws can help citizens exercise their right to free expression – for example, national constitutions guaranteeing the right to freedom of expression and freedom of information.

Database of legislation and case law affecting free expression in Africa
Legislation refers to laws (called Acts or Statutes) enacted by parliament, while case law is law based on the reported decisions of judges in cases that come before them. In their decisions, judges give the relevant facts of the case and the legal reasoning they applied to reach their decision.


An Act to make provision for the custody and protection of juveniles in need of care; to provide for the correction of juvenile delinquents; and to provide for matters incidental to or connected with ...



An Act to consolidate and amend the law relating to libel, other than criminal libel, and slander; and to provide for matters incidental thereto.