The Cape Of Storms: A Personal History Of The Crisis In South Africa

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The Cape Of Storms: A Personal History Of The Crisis In South Africa

By Anthony Hazlitt Heard
Arkansas University Press, 1990
275 pp. $21.95
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Between the suppression of South Africa's crusading left-wing press in the 1950s and the emergence of its outspoken "alternative media" in the 1980s, there was an era of South African journalism monopolized by pro-apartheid Afrikaans newspapers and a business-as-usual English press that expressed cautious criticism of the government but took precautions never to go too far. Heard, whose career as reporter and editor at the Cape Times spanned this era, has produced a lively memoir that delves, inter alia, into the slowly evolving mix between state-imposed controls and media self-censorship. The book ends with Heard's dismissal following his bold 1985 decision to flout the law by publishing an interview with Oliver Tambo, president of the then-illegal African National Congress.