South African Newspaper Blacks Out Front Page In Censorship Protest

By: David Smith | Guardian.co.uk

A leading South African newspaper has blacked out several columns in its latest issue, echoing censorship of the apartheid era, after being threatened with criminal prosecution by a presidential aide.

The weekly Mail & Guardian was forced to pull a front page story about Mac Maharaj’s possible involvement in a shady arms deal. Maharaj, a former Robben Island prisoner who helped smuggle out Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, is now spokesman for president Jacob Zuma.

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