Anger over abortion ‘death’ notices
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