Under South African Apartheid, governmental censorship wasn’t just a standard practice, it was a industry in and of itself. Not only did the government enforce a strong brand of traditional censorship – outlawing books, newspapers and entertainment if it was judged "harmful" – but the government also instituted a unique form of censorship: banning individuals.

Banning was the standard means of silencing political opponents deemed harmful by the South African government. The law allowed a variety of restrictions on personal expression, freedom of assembly and even the freedom to interact with others socially as an functioning member of society. In short, the South African apartheid era government was not only content to censor mass media messages, but it also sought to censor the interpersonal communication of those citizens it deemed "dangerous" to the status quo.





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