The Press: Beginning of the End?

South Africa's new Ministry of Information was less than a week old when its boss rose last week to deliver an ominous message. Said English-speaking Frank Waring, 53: "South Africa is going through a critical period in her history, and it is the duty of all South Africans to call a moratorium [on criticism] until the crisis ends." To South Africa's English-language papers, there was no mistaking the Minister of Information's intent: to lay heavy siege to South Africa's dominant press and the most outspoken press in all of Africa.

Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, who cannot tolerate criticism, has long been troubled...

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