Johannesburg in South Africa now has two new newspapers -- "The Post" and the "Sunday Post" -- but they're a far cry from the black newspapers, "The World" and "Weekend World" that were closed down by the South African Minister of Police, Mr.
SV & CU Proofs being checked by two white men
SV White worker on the 'stone'
SV Black worker getting page ready to be proofed
CU Editor of "Post" John Miskelly seated and speaking
SV Miskelly pushes button to start presses rolling (2 shots)
SV Black worker collecting completed papers off presses
SV PAN Black workers sorting papers
At its peak, "The World" enjoyed the second biggest daily circulation in South Africa -- about 180,000. This was partly because it was both a morning and evening newspaper.
MISKELLY: This newspaper was published in South Africa for many years. In the early 1970's it was taken over by the Argus group who decided to publish it mainly for the Indian and coloured communities. With the banning of "World" and "Weekend World" it was decided to extend "Post" operation into the areas previously served by "World" and "Weekend World". Let me stress it is no way intended to replace "The World". Legally we can't do that. What we do intend to do is fill the vacuum which has been caused by the banning of these newspapers. Unfortunately it was necessary to retrench a small percentage of the staff employed by "The World" and "Weekend World" but we have taken on about 90....per cent of those previously employed. Last night we produced the first edition of our "Sunday Post" and tonight our presses have just started running with our tabloid "Post" which we hope will soon become a daily."
With that, John Miskelly, pressed the button to start the weekday "Post" on its way but the political thunder from the presses was muted compared to the banned papers. Neither the "Sunday Post" or the weekday "Post" carried any editorial comment and emphasis was given to sporting news. Gone was the major coverage of continuing political activities and unrest in South Africa's black community. However, "Post" management says the paper will still be aimed specifically at black readers.
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Background: Johannesburg in South Africa now has two new newspapers -- "The Post" and the "Sunday Post" -- but they're a far cry from the black newspapers, "The World" and "Weekend World" that were closed down by the South African Minister of Police, Mr. Jimmy Kruger, in his countrywide clampdown on anti-apartheid organisations.
SYNOPSIS: Printing of the first of the papers began on Saturday (29 October). Both the broadsheet "Sunday Post" and its tabloid sized weekday companion publication are being produced in the Johannesburg offices off the Argus newspaper roup which published the banned "World" and "Weekend World". The black editor of "The World", Percy Qoboza was among those jailed in the clampdown.
The editor of "The Post" is white -- Mr. John Miskelly. He explained the paper's position.