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South Africa / Racial Violence #301148

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 06, 1985
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(5) Know death toll in latest police assault on anti-apartheid protesters in South Africa reported; government's ban on news coverage of such events noted limiting credibility of government's claims.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Crossroads Squatter Area, South Africa) Police shootings last night discussed; scenes shown. [Nurse Nomsa YEKISO - describes injuries treated at clinic; notes most were wounded in the back.] [Opposition pol. Jan van ECK - cites lack of change in police tactics.] [Police Captain Jan CALITZ - demonstrates his lack of understanding of new rules on media.]
REPORTER: Allen Pizzey

(Studio) South African government's official rationale for censorship recalled.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) [Recently, President P.W. BOTHA - claims foreign journalists have foreknowledge of violent incidents.] Govt.'s inability to prove its allegation that foreign press is responsible for anti-apartheid violence and general ostrich mentality behind new press censorship discussed. [Independent television News spokesperson Norman REES - explains media's purpose.] Dilemma faced by media in covering continued anti- apartheid events considered. [Former CBS News president Richard SALANT - anticipates media testing South African restrictions at least once.] ["Los Angeles Times" for. editor Alvin SHUSTER - hopes to work around censorship.] Irony in South Africa's use of totalitarianism while billing itself as a democracy noted. [Hodding CARTER - cites relationship between censorship and a country's incrd. self-delusion.]

Faw, Bob;
Pizzey, Allen;
Rather, Dan

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