The World: The Silent Bystander

It was a fateful end to a special friendship between a white and a black. Donald Woods, a fifth-generation English-speaking South African and editor of the feisty East London Daily Dispatch (circ. 30,000), is now a "banned person, as was his friend Steve Biko, who died in jail two months ago. It was in fact, Woods' crusade over the mystery surrounding Bik'o's death that probably led to his banning in the government's massive wave of detentions and crackdowns.

As one of Woods'fellow journalists has put it, isolation is a CUrSe—and banning is the...

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