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Cartoon Stirs Freedom of Speech Concerns in South Africa

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Monday, 02 Jun 2014 09:46 AM Current | Bio | Archive

A cartoon by Dr Jack & Curtis, titled “Congress of Clowns. And the clowns who voted them in,” was published by Eyewitness News (EWN) and Primedia on their website this past week. This incited a march by African National Congress (ANC) members to the Primedia building protesting that it is racist, disrespectful of the ruling party, and undermines their freedom of choice and democracy.
 
Another reality is that the cartoon outlines some perturbing concerns in South Africa's new cabinet and illustrates the distrust and feeling of incompetency that non-ANC members may feel for the new ministry.
 
EWN retracted the cartoon after the march and apologized for the publication. The ANC accepted the apology and is happy for the news provider to deal with the matter internally. There is still the possibility that ANC members could take legal action in a personal capacity.
 
This development has sparked wide spread discussion on social media websites questioning the protection of our freedom of speech. Are we allowing the ruling party to dictate what we are allowed to report on? What is the significance of the retraction of this cartoon?
 
This link shows some South African comments but let’s get an international point of view.  
 
Matthew Klynsmith earned a business administration diploma at CTI in Cape Town, South Africa. He now works at Strategic Options as an associate partner. To read more reports from Matthew Klynsmith, Go Here Now.
 

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A cartoon by Dr Jack & Curtis, titled “Congress of Clowns. And the clowns who voted them in,” was published by Eyewitness News (EWN) and Primedia on their website this past week. This incited a march by African National Congress (ANC) members . . .
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