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South Africa’s media: Happy, patriotic news

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Freedom of the press is being chipped away under an embattled ANC

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Censors at work in the bad old days

Censors at work in the bad old days

APARTHEID’S enforcers had simple ways of muzzling critical newspapers during South Africa’s dark period of white rule: they blatantly censored them or closed them down. Since the end of minority rule in 1994, the country has been blessed with vibrant and muckraking media, protected by a constitution that guarantees freedom of expression. South African newspapers have dug up dirt on crooked arms deals, exposed scandals such as lavish state spending on the private home of Jacob Zuma, the president, and generally held the mighty to account.
An infuriated African National Congress (ANC), which has ruled South Africa for a little over 20 years, has considered, but so far rejected, heavy-handed ways of curbing this boisterous exercise of free speech. These …

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