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Archbishop Tutu, South African cardinal oppose bid to restrain media

August 20, 2010

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa, has joined with the Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a public denunciation of proposed legislation to place new restrictions on the media.

Cardinal Napier said it is ironic that the ruling African National Congress, which fought successfully to expose the evils of apartheid, now wants to put restraints on the free flow of political information. "It is hard to imagine how any person, group or organization, which only a few years ago was protesting so vigorously for the exposing of all injustice, all corruption, all favoritism and nepotism, could in such a short time be calling for legislation designed to prevent the reporting of these very ills," the cardinal said.

Archbishop Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, called upon South African citizens to oppose the legislation. He said that is it astonishing the government would put forward a policy proposal “that virtually everybody rejects.”


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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Aug. 21, 2010 10:53 PM ET USA

    The oppressed become the oppressors. How sad and utterly predictable! The ANC were Marxists during the apartheid years and now that they have gained power in post-apartheid South Africa, is it any surprise that their true colors and totalitarian leanings are showing?