Nine Journalists Arrested With AM-South Africa, Bjt
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) _ Nine foreign and local journalists were arrested Wednesday while covering an attempted mass protest against apartheid in Cape Town’s mixed-race Athlone suburb, the South African Press Association said.
The journalists were held during part of the afternoon at a police station before being released and ordered to appear in court Thursday on charges of obstructing the police.
They included two Americans from the Dallas Morning News, reporter Michael Precker and photographer David Leeson; Time magazine photographer William Campbell; and Agence France-Presse photographer Gideon Mendel.
Also arrested were a three-member crew filming for CBS television - cameraman Vin de Voss, a Dutch national, and two South African soundmen, Anton van der Merwe and Fats Bokholoane.
The others arrested were freelance photographer Louise Gubb, working for U.S. News and World Report, and photographer Anne Laing from Cape Town’s morning daily, The Cape Times.
Apartheid is South Africa’s legal system of racial segregation under which 5 million whites rule 24 million blacks.