"There are two evil spirits in South Africa, and I name them: These princes of the church, these so-called churchmen, who have become nothing else but political agitators who openly preach rebellion. The second evil spirit is the contemptible English Press which stops at nothing, whether it is murder or crime or manslaughter or sabotage. Everything is grasped at with only one object, and that is to break this party which is the only bulwark in the whole continent of Africa." [J.C. Greyling, Africa South 2, No. 1 (Oct-Dec 1957: 29, as quoted in "The Press: Strijdom's Last Barrier by George Clay and Stanley Uys.]
The English press was blamed for international condemnation of South Africa's apartheid policies. Newspaper reporters were not allowed to express sympathy with defiance in any form. They were forbidden to mention the names of people who were arrested and detained by the police. Laws prohibited altogether the publication of certain information. This was the beginning of an extreme form of censorship imposed upon South Africa, rigidly adhered to, with threat of arrest and interrogation of any reporter who transgressed one of the many laws enacted to control them.
As Nadine Gordimer said, "control of communication was essential to the maintenance of apartheid as a whole." ['Censorship and the Primary Homeland,' Reality, Jan 1970]