South Africa Moving to Muzzle the Messenger

The government slaps harsh new restrictions on the news media

Who can believe a government which says it is protecting democracy by destroying it?

-- The Johannesburg Star

A"revolutionary onslaught," which was sweeping the country, amounted to a "coordinated attempt to overthrow the government." With that piece of hyperbole by an information official, South Africa last week imposed one of the most draconian censorship policies in the non-Communist world. Only six months after it had decreed a harsh emergency rule in an effort to quell rising racial unrest, the government of State President P.W. Botha now sought to shroud the country's apartheid-torn society in a veil of secrecy and intimidation. Though...

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