Anger over abor­tion ‘death’ no­tices

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A CHRIS­TIAN or­gan­i­sa­tion yes­ter­day ac­cused the Cape Ar­gus and the Cape Times of cen­sor­ship af­ter they re­fused to pub­lish anti-abor­tion ad­ver­tise­ments un­der the classified deaths no­tices.

“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.

The news­pa­pers 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 have re­fused to pub­lish CAN’s anti-abor­tion ad­ver­tise­ments for the past four years. How­ever, Die Burger and the Ci­ti­zen news­pa­pers had no qualms about pub­lish­ing the ad­ver­tise­ments in their “Deaths” sec­tions, she said.

In­de­pen­dent News­pa­pers Cape ed­i­tor-in-chief Chris Whit­field said the ad­ver­tise­ments were re­fused be­cause it would be in­ap­pro­pri­ate to pub­lish the anti-abor­tion obituary in the “Deaths” sec­tion.

Such ad­ver­tise­ments would vi­o­late the “sen­si­bil­i­ties of peo­ple who use the col­umns to com­mem­o­rate loved ones”, he said. “I told them I would be happy to place the ad­ver­tise­ment any­where in the pa­per but the ‘ Deaths’ sec­tion,” he said.

Hodg­son said they did not try to pub­lish the ad­verts else­where in the news­pa­pers upon the first re­fusal. – Sapa

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