Nadine Gordimer, A Vice President of PEN International, Writes in the New York Review of Books on the Protection of State Information Bill

24 May 2012

Nadine Gordimer has written about the Protection of State Information Bill in The New York Review of Books:

The regime of racism in South Africa was maintained not only by brutality—guns, violence, restrictive laws. It was upheld by elaborately extensive silencing of freedom of expression. The Suppression of Communism Act of 1950 had definitions of communism that were vastly inclusive. What was forbidden included advocacy of industrial, political, economic, and social change.

In 1982 an updated version of the Suppression of Communism Act, the Internal Security Act, was passed, which banned the African National Congress and the Pan African Congress along with the South African Communist Party. It retained almost all of the previous definitions of what was forbidden. Read more