Under South African Apartheid, governmental
censorship wasnt 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 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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