South Africa: Uncertain Limits

Crackdown on the messengers

The warning signs had been visible for months. In September the government of State President P.W. Botha expelled a U.S. correspondent for allegedly reporting "half truths." Only weeks later an American television camera crew was arrested and charged with disobeying a police order to leave a protest rally. In October Minister of Law and Order Louis Le Grange accused the foreign media of encouraging blacks to fake violent incidents in order to film them. Thus it came as little surprise to most of the 172 accredited foreign journalists in South Africa when on Nov. 2 the Botha government imposed new restrictions...

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