The Press: Censorship in South Africa

The South African government, harassed by taut racial tensions, is as sensitive as a naked nerve to everything that affects South Africa, including what its people read. The Malan government has clamped a constantly tightening censorship on imported publications.

Its chief censor is Interior Minister Theophilus Ebenhaezar Dönges, son of a Dutch Reformed clergyman. By law, he can ban anything he considers "indecent, obscene or. . . objectionable," and no court can overrule him. While his government is conducting an official inquiry into the policies of its own press and ceaselessly sniping at foreign correspondents who report from South Africa, Dönges has...

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