The Press: Making of a Nonperson

At the wedding three years ago of Journalist Peter Niesewand and Nonie Fogarty in Salisbury, Rhodesia, one of the guests quipped to the bride: "If he doesn't look after you, my dear, I'll have him restricted." The jocular threat came from Desmond Lardner-Burke, Minister of Justice, Law and Order. Niesewand has looked after his wife well enough, but for the past month he has been in jail under an order signed by Lardner-Burke. The vague grounds: the freelance reporter was "likely to commit acts prejudicial to public safety or public order." Free translation: the white-supremacist government of Ian Smith did not...

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