Description - South Africa and the International Media, 1972-1979 by James Sanders
During the 1970s, the South African Department of Information attempted to manipulate and neutralize the international media treatment of South Africa. This programme was later exposed in what became known as the "Information" scandal. Meanwhile in Europe and North America, anti-apartheid campaigners increased pressure on the South African regime. Foreign correspondents in South Africa numbered little more than a dozen in 1972. By the end of the decade, however, they had become a formidable force. This was directly related to the events on the ground: the Angolan war and the Soweto uprising. In general, American journalists tended to represent South Africa as a metaphor for the racial problems of the United States, whereas British commentators discussed the country in the context of a decolonization story that had somehow gone wrong. One of the most significant developments in the coverage of South Africa during the 1970s was the re-emergence of colonial representations of both Africans and Afrikaners.
Despite the extensive efforts of the anti-apartheid movements and the Department of Information to influence the South African "story", these shifts in representation appear to have originated in the international media. The British and American media's dependence on the South African English-language press remained profound throughout the decade.
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