Press: News Lockout

Gag order in South Africa

South Africa is hardly known for its enlightened human rights policies, but it does like to pride itself on having a free press. In fact, journalists in that country live in the shadow of an iron-fisted state security apparatus that is armed with more than 100 separate laws governing what can and cannot be published. Last week that shadow lengthened when the state closed down the country's two leading black newspapers, the Post (Transvaal), which has a circulation of 113,932, and the Sunday Post (circ. 124,000). Published by the...

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