Apartheid in South Africa | Living under racial segregation and discrimination
Document Type | Notes
26 June 1957
This document discusses a diplomatic incident that followed the broadcast of
'Panorama - Union of South Africa'.
The memo details the political storm that threatened to arise as a consequence of the 'Panorama' edition. South African officials, including Eric Louw, requested a copy of the programme, a request that the BBC refused. As South Africa was a member of the Commonwealth, this was interpreted as a serious slight against the country and its government. The second page shows a draft of the BBC's official response to Eric Louw's complaint.
Eric Louw was a Nationalist politician in South Africa and one of the cabinet members behind the policy of apartheid established in 1948. He became foreign affairs minister in 1957 and was at the Commonwealth leaders' meeting when South Africa was expelled from the Commonwealth in 1961.
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