South Africa: Out of Sight

The pace of killing quickens

The government's curb on press coverage of clashes between police and black protesters may have stopped the flow of violent images from South Africa's battered townships, but it has not stanched the flow of blood. While the average number of deaths each day dropped from 3.4 to fewer than two in the weeks immediately following Pretoria's imposition of media restraints on Nov. 2, the average daily toll last week rose above five. The statistic was a sharp challenge to the government's contention that without television and camera crews present to incite publicity-hungry blacks to violent heroics, the disturbances would quiet down....

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