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Title:Censorship under the emergency
Author:Marcus, G.ISNI
Periodical:South African Human Rights and Labour Law Yearbook
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:state of emergency
Abstract:This article on censorship in South Africa focuses on the 1989 Media Emergency Regulations, which covered a vast range of media activity. They embodied an absolute prohibition on the making 'whether orally or in writing' of a 'subversive statement'. After outlining the different categories of subversive statement, the article examines the consequences of the media restrictions which governed the 1988 and 1989 emergencies in South Africa for newspapers and other publications, and for the holding of gatherings, including funerals. The last section shows that controls on the media in the Emergency Regulations have been the subject of concerted and often successful challenges in the courts. Notes, ref.