The Freedom of Expression Institute should answer the following questions:
(1) WHO IS ON THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ?
(2) WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE FXI ?
(3) WHY DOES THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, RATHER THAN THE MEMBERSHIP, HOLD THE POWER?
(4) WHO HAVE BEEN INVITED BY THE EXEC COMMITTEE TO BE PATRONS OF THE FXI?
Section 10.1 explains how the exec committee controls The FXI.
10.1 Members shall be admitted by making an application in writing to the Executive Committee, which shall have the sole discretion as to whether to admit a member or not within the requirements of the constitution.
To unravel how The Freedom of Expression Institute is controlled, FIX THE FXI would have to get access to minutes pertaining to The AGM's.These documents, however, are not available on The FXI website so the puzzle cannot readily be solved.
Although, The FXI theoretically believes in freedom of expression it is unwilling to make its AGN minutes available to the public.
CONSTITUTION OF THE FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION INSTITUTE
The FXI is a voluntary, non-governmental organisation managed by an Executive Committee, which is elected once every two years at the organisation's Annual General Meeting (AGM ). In addition to the Executive Committee, the FXI has a staff of eight full-time members.
4. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 4.1. The management of the Institute shall be vested in the Executive Committee which shall be composed of between 7 (seven) and 12 (twelve) members, who shall be elected by a secret ballot at the bi-annual general meeting. They shall serve in office for 2 (two) consecutive years but shall be eligible for re-election.
4.8 Only the Chairperson, or the Executive Director with the Chairperson’s authorisation shall be entitled to issue press statements on behalf of the Institute and delegate that authority.
9 9. MEMBERS AND MEMBERSHIP There shall be three classes of members, patrons, full members and associate members: 9.1 Patrons shall be people who are (a) recognised for their commitment to the cause of freedom of expression and (b) invited by the Executive Committee to serve as patrons. 9.2 Patrons shall be entitled to vote at an AGM and have the same rights as full members. 9.3 Full members shall be individuals and not-for-profit organisations as contemplated in section 10.2 below who have been duly accepted, and who have paid their subscriptions, if required, prescribed by the Executive Committee, and who have been duly accepted as such and have been enrolled. 9.4 Associate members shall be individuals and not-for-profit organisations as contemplated in section 10.2 below who choose not to become full members, and who have paid subscriptions, if required, prescribed by the Executive Committee, and have been duly accepted as such and have been enrolled. 9.5 Associate members shall not be entitled to vote at an AGM, but one representative of the associate member shall be entitled to speak at such a meeting. With the consent of the general meeting, additional representatives of an associate member shall be entitled to speak.
10. ADMISSIONS AND EXPULSION OF MEMBERS 10.1 Members shall be admitted by making an application in writing to the Executive Committee, which shall have the sole discretion as to whether to admit a member or not within the requirements of the constitution. Provided that an individual or organisation who has been refused membership may require the Executive Committee to put such application for membership to an AGM for decision.
10.5 The Executive Committee shall be entitled to expel any full or associate member from the Institute in the following circumstances:
10.5.2 when any member of the Institute has materially contravened any of the objects or resolutions of the Institute, or any member who publicly supports objectives inconsistent with section 3 above or who engages in activities which are likely to bring the Institute into disrepute or to lead to an actual or apparent conflict of interest;