South Africa Cracking Down in Alexandra

The police get tough on journalists as well as protesters

For the 172 accredited foreign journalists in South Africa, it did not seem possible that life could get more frustrating. Since early November, photographers and television crews have been barred by the government of State President P.W. Botha from recording any public disturbances or police actions in declared emergency areas. Print journalists have been required to have police escorts in turbulent townships. Despite the restraints, reporters have managed at times to slip undetected into restricted areas. But when racial violence erupted last week in Alexandra, a black township near Johannesburg, the police and army clamped down on both print and broadcast...

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