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Don't shoot the messenger

When: Thursday, 16 November 2017 - Thursday, 16 November 2017
Where: Braamfontein Campus East
Great Hall
Start time:18:45

The annual Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture will be presented by Beatrice Mtetwa, an internationally renowned human rights lawyer from Zimbabwe.

The annual Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture commemorates a Wits graduate and Mozambican journalist assassinated in the streets of Maputo in 2001 while investigating corruption at the country’s biggest bank and involving senior political figures. This year’s speaker, lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, is a prominent freedom of expression campaigner in Zimbabwe, a country where journalists have been frequently harassed and persecuted. Mtetwa has defended journalists at great personal risk. In 2005, she won the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Mtetwa is a Zimbabwean lawyer who has been internationally recognized for her defense of journalists and press freedom. She has litigated on human rights issues since 1990 with an emphasis on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media. As a result of her work she has been harassed by State agents through arrests, prosecution and physical assaults.

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