A CHRISTIAN organisation has accused two Cape Town newspapers of cencorship after they refused to publish anti-abortion advertisements, according to a report on iol.co.za.
"In what appears to be a case of censorship by the press, The Cape Times and Argus have again refused to place an obituary notice (for aborted babies)," said Christian Action Network (CAN) international co-ordinator Taryn Hodgson in a statement.
The newspapers had refused to publish the advertisement in their classified "Deaths" and "Personal" sections, Hodgson said.
"Freedom of speech seems to be undermined when newspaper editors censor obituary notices and refuse to give appropriate media coverage to the hidden holocaust of 900 000 South African babies killed by abortion," she said.
The Cape Times and Cape Argus had refused to publish CAN's anti-abortion advertisements for the past four years, she said. However, Die Burger and The Citizen newspapers had no qualms about publishing the advertisements in their "Deaths" sections.
Independent Newspapers editor-in-chief Chris Whitfield said the advertisements had been refused because it would be inappropriate to publish the anti-abortion obituary in the "Deaths" section.
Such advertisements would violate the "sensibilities for people who use the columns to commemorate loved ones", he said. He had told CAN the same when they were refused publication in previous years.
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