January 7, 2015

Filed under: censorship — ABRAXAS @ 10:43 pm


more info here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30710883

November 6, 2014

good art is beautiful detritus

October 17, 2014

jannie totsiens

Filed under: censorship,south african cinema — ABRAXAS @ 8:09 pm


July 28, 2014

blocked again

Filed under: blogging,censorship — ABRAXAS @ 12:23 pm


June 19, 2014

abraxas on individual liberty today

Filed under: caelan,censorship — ABRAXAS @ 5:57 pm

so i tell my daughter about wikileaks and julian assange
i explain to her why he is hiding in the ecuadorian embassy
and i tell her that he faces arrest if he leaves the embassy
she says very decisively:
i think the american government should be arrested!

she is six years and five months old.

June 4, 2014


Filed under: censorship — ABRAXAS @ 5:11 pm

Screen shot 2014-06-04 at 10.38.10 AM

May 11, 2014

putin against profanity

Filed under: censorship — ABRAXAS @ 9:39 pm


February 23, 2014

freedom of speech in india in danger

Filed under: Ahmedabad,censorship — ABRAXAS @ 10:31 pm


October 21, 2013

of good report @bfi

Filed under: censorship,south african cinema — ABRAXAS @ 9:38 am

Screen shot 2013-10-21 at 9.37.19 AM

first published here: http://www.filmcontact.com/africa/south-africa/good-report-receives-critical-acclaim-lff

October 20, 2013

sabc censorship

Filed under: censorship — ABRAXAS @ 4:30 pm

One of the shows that has been banned focused on Right2Know’s Vula ‘ma Connextion campaign for the right to communicate. The show featured a robust debate with cell phone operators and senior government officials from the Dept of Communications as well as State Security focused on the impact of failed government policy and profiteering in undermining the public’s right to know.

The SABC’s canning of the Big Debate smacks of political censorship and an abuse of the public broadcaster to protect certain individuals’ political interests. In its first season of 10 episodes the Big Debate offered viewers high quality programming and deep level debates on various current affairs pertinent to South Africa.

We wholeheartedly reject Kaizer Kganyago’s (SABC’s head of group communications) statement that the show was pulled for reasons of editorial oversight, and that news and current affairs programmes should not be outsourced. It is telling that the SABC suddenly discovered this so-called ‘lapse’ once the first season had ended, and the show had earned a reputation as a tough-talking debate where Ministers went to be ‘sliced, diced and fried’ . It would appear that the SABC wants to insource current affairs because the programme producers are too independently-minded for the broadcaster, and they have developed cold feet with a national election looming.

This has happened as the SABC is on a nationwide roadshow to ensure public participation in the review of editorial policies. The decision flies in the face of the current and draft policies which both commit the public broadcaster to reflect the diverse range of South African attitudes and opinions. At recent public appearances the SABC GCEO Lulama Mokhobo held up the Big Debate as the best example of this diversity.

The SABC is being dragged back to the days when it was a state broadcaster practicing political censorship ahead of the public’s right to know.

In the wake of SABC’s acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s recent call for the production of 70% ‘good news’ we are witnessing the continued erosion of the broadcaster’s independence. We do not want skewed and biased sunshine journalism from our public broadcaster – we want real news, culture and current affairs!

The public are fed a diet of cheap American sitcoms, aspirational soap operas and poor quality foreign programming in part because of the perennial underfunding and financial mismanagement at the SABC. The Big Debate is a massively popular exception to this that gives South Africans a taste of what a true public broadcaster can deliver.

The Right2Know reiterates our call for an SABC that is publicly funded and free of state or corporate censorship of editorial content.

In protest at the continuing censorship and lack of editorial independence at the SABC, as well as the canning of the Big Debate, we are issuing a public call to protest: Thursday 24 October 2013 from 12:00am-14:00pm outside the SABC in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

For further comment contact:

Dale McKinley (Cell: 072 429 4086)

Julie Reid (Cell: 082 885 8969)

October 8, 2013

mary corrigall on mabulu-zuma

Filed under: art,censorship,mary corrigall — ABRAXAS @ 3:07 pm


October 7, 2013

mabulu’s zuma sold for 89k

Filed under: art,censorship — ABRAXAS @ 9:39 pm


September 30, 2013

percy zvomuya on the joburg art fair censorship debacle (ross dougl-ass)

Filed under: art,censorship — ABRAXAS @ 7:39 pm


first published here: http://mg.co.za/article/2013-09-30-joburg-art-fair-artists-back-each-other-up

September 28, 2013

david goldblatt threat forces dougl-ass to reconsider mabulu censorship

Filed under: art,censorship — ABRAXAS @ 9:42 pm

Screen shot 2013-09-28 at 9.43.19 PM

first published here: http://mg.co.za/article/2013-09-28-art-fair-rocked-as-goldblatt-quits-in-protest-over-mabulu-ban

ayanda mabulu censored by ross dougl-ass of joburg art unfair

Filed under: art,censorship — ABRAXAS @ 1:22 pm

Screen shot 2013-09-28 at 1.25.22 PM

first published here: http://mg.co.za/article/2013-09-27-zuma-marikana-painting-pulled-from-fnb-joburg-art-fair/

September 27, 2013

ayanda mabulu painting censored by joburg art fair

Filed under: art,censorship — ABRAXAS @ 3:21 pm


first published here: http://www.citypress.co.za/politics/zuma-painting-censored/

ayanda mabulu painting censored by joburg art fair

Filed under: art,censorship — ABRAXAS @ 3:17 pm


first published here: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Joburg-Art-Fair-removes-Zuma-painting-20130927

ayanda mabulu artwork censored by joburg art fair

Filed under: art,censorship — ABRAXAS @ 8:23 am

Screen shot 2013-09-27 at 8.21.33 AM

September 23, 2013

john cassavettes on censorship

Filed under: art,censorship,film as subversive art — ABRAXAS @ 10:43 pm

lenny bruce

Filed under: censorship — ABRAXAS @ 10:12 pm

August 30, 2013

Claudia Jansen van Rensburg: Silence, censorship, audibility and the South African musical landscape

Filed under: censorship,hearing landscape critically,music,politics — ABRAXAS @ 8:56 am


In 1948 the Swedish philosopher Max Picard wrote of bringing what is kept silent into the ‘loud places of history’, in his work The world of silence. This notion resonates strongly with the South African situation and its shift from apartheid to democracy in 1994. The democratic state, so crippled by the legacy of censorship and secrecy, appointed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to make South Africa’s silenced political landscape of the past audible to the masses. However, in the case of the arts and particularly music, this transition occurred in a more gradual manner. It is argued that the silencing (and eventual audibility) of music under apartheid, depended largely on the inner-workings of the South African Broadcasting Corporation, or SABC, and its response to South Africa’s broader political and ideological contexts at the time. The paper serves to critically examine the notion of music and silence initiated by the censorship of music with specific reference to the role of the SABC, the manner in which silenced music began to reach the South African public in the late 1980s and 1990s, and the legacy of silence in present day South Africa. Finally, the paper serves to relate the discussion to more recent moments of musical censorship in a post-apartheid South Africa and its current musical landscape. In this paper the term ‘landscape’ refers to a constructed space of sonic aesthetic production, subject to political and ideological interference and which has been shaped by silence and the processes of censorship.


Claudia Jansen van Rensburg (Stellenbosch) completed a BA in music in 2007 at the University of Pretoria and then spent a year in Moscow, Russia at the Gnessin Academy of Music as a foreign student. After returning to South Africa, Claudia enrolled for a BMus(Hons) at Stellenbosch University. In 2012 she completed her MMus in musicology under the supervision of Prof Stephanus Muller. Her MMus research focused on music censorship structures within the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) from 1974 to 1996. She is currently a PhD candidate at Stellenbosch University. Since 2012 she has served on the executive committee of the South African Society for Research in Music (SASRIM) as the society’s treasurer.

August 14, 2013

steyn du toit reviews of good report

Filed under: censorship,south african cinema — ABRAXAS @ 2:09 pm


August 12, 2013

of good report – the film and publications board position

Filed under: censorship — ABRAXAS @ 10:26 pm


console tleane – of good report and censorship in south africa today

Filed under: censorship — ABRAXAS @ 9:57 pm


July 29, 2013

heads must roll

Filed under: censorship,south african cinema — ABRAXAS @ 10:33 am

Screen shot 2013-07-29 at 10.32.24 AM

first published here: http://www.citypress.co.za/news/unbanned-of-good-report-wins-appeal/

Next Page »