Cenosrship by the Illiberal Media (29 January 2003)

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Dear Sir / Madam

Censorship by the illiberal Media

On Monday 27 January 2003, Africa Christian Action requested permission to pay to place a humble obituary under the "Deaths" column of the Classifieds Section of the Cape Times and Cape Argus. The notice read:
"ALL BABIES Killed by abortion since 1 February 1997. Africa Christian Action mourns over 283,498 babies whose lives have been tragically cut short since the legalisation of abortion-on-demand. May God have mercy on South Africa.

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves." Proverbs 31:8"

We were denied permission on the flimsy grounds that it was "discriminatory". This is most ironic. It is discrimination not to allow the voices of the unborn (or voices on their behalf) to be heard. This censorship is discrimination against people like us. To suppress our humble means to commemorate all these children is unfair. Such suppression of marginalised voices is reminiscent of Apartheid and not a reflection of our new esteemed democratic values. The Cape Times and Cape Argus have happily sold advertising space to abortion providers and pro-abortion groups. To deny us advertising space would betray the "free press", and make the Cape Times and Cape Argus guilty of censorship.

If you think the media is "neutral", then watch out for the biased or omitted reporting on the National Day of Repentance. A Pro-life funeral procession is planned on Saturday 1 February 2003, starting at 12noon from Keizergracht street through to Parliament, Cape Town. Similar events are planned in Pretoria, Nelspruit, Bloemfontein, Upington, Johannesburg and Scottburgh.

Rob Mc Cafferty
Africa Christian Action

PS If you have never heard of these events, this supports our claims of media bias. These events have been held EVERY year since abortion was legalised on demand on 1 February 1997.

Christian Action P.O.Box 23632 Claremont 7735 Cape Town South Africa info@christianaction.org.za - 021-689-4481 - www.christianaction.org.za
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