October 21 2010 at 08:07

In an article this week marking Black Wednesday, commentator Issa Sikiti da Silva recalled the words of John Patten, head of the SA Society of Journalists at that time. (Black Wednesday, October 19, 1977, was the infamous occasion on which the apartheid government banned several newspapers and magazines critical of National Party (NP) policies; it also banned organisations and detained individual activists.)

Patten, according to Da Silva, said: "In a free country, the government does not tell the press what it may or may not publish."

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