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African Lobby / South Africa / Newspaper Ban #258323

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 15, 1978
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(Studio) South African authorities' ban of "The Voice", weekly newspaper aimed mostly at blacks, and detention of white editor of paper reported. Prime Min. John Vorster's announcement of disbanding of cntry.'s information agency, due to alleged covert activities in United States and elsewhere noted. Subject of following report, 1st of 2 on African lobby, is on South Africa's budget for presenting case to world.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) Recent events in Kolwezi, Zaire, recalled, use of this incident, caused when Communist-backed rebels attacked city, by lobbyists for white Africa examined. Photos of Kolwezi shown. [S. African lobbyist John CHETTLES - notes concern of many about Cuban-Soviet involvement in Africa and feeling that whatever shortcomings South Africa has, it is still US friend, as Cuba and USSR are not.] Beginning of South Africa lobbying efforts with collapse of Portugal's African empire in 1974 and continuing to present described. Washington, DC lobbyist Don. Dekeefer's hiring as South Africa representative, as Portuguese were being evacuated from Africa, and subsequent increases in lobbying efforts after Soweto riots of 1976 and death of Stephen Biko in 1977 outlined. South Africa's public relations contracts with New York City firm noted and firm's refusal to grant interview mentioned. Other efforts include info. kit sent to United States schools, free of charge; film strip and sound track from kit played. One teacher's use of kit along with book by black South African, "House of Bondage", cited; photos from book shown. Appeal of South African mag. ads to United States business community examined. [Ad Hoc Committee on South Africa mbr. Representative Thomas DOWNEY - describes business pressure put on congmen. and that most congmen. won't discuss apartheid issue with business representatives] Recent speech by head of South African information bureau in US, Carl Noffke, at University of Tennessee in Knoxville reported; varying reactions of student audience, include denunciation of South Africa by one African student, outlined. Film shown. [NOFFKE - says greatest dangers in Africa are those presented by Communism] Potential for ntnwide. tension in United States concerning South Africa issue stated; upcoming report outlined.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

Cronkite, Walter;
McLaughlin, Bill

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