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Apartheid in South Africa | Living under racial segregation and discrimination

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The political system of apartheid governed every aspect of life in South Africa from 1948 to 1991. In practice, apartheid enforced a racial hierarchy privileging white South Africans and under this system only they had the vote.

The programmes and documents illustrate what life was like for ordinary South Africans as well as revealing key moments in the struggle against this political system.

The language used to express views on race in these programmes reflects the attitudes inherent in apartheid.

Apartheid in South Africa Collection

A memorandum on the 'Panorama' report on South Africa in 1957.

'Panorama' Report on South Africa

WRITTEN 1957
2 PAGES

A 'Panorama' producer considers the options in meeting a request from the South African government.

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A publicity statement about the 'Panorama' report on South Africa in 1957.

BBC Publicity Statement on 'Panorama'

WRITTEN 1957
2 PAGES

A BBC publicity statement in reaction to criticism from South Africa.

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Meeting minutes about the 'Panorama' report on South Africa in 1957.

Note of a conversation concerning 'Panorama' controversy

WRITTEN 1957
2 PAGES

The South African High Commissioner has stated his case about the 'Panorama' programme on South Africa.

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A letter about the filming of 'Panorama' in 1964.

Letter from a Cameraman About 'Panorama'

WRITTEN 1964
1 PAGE

A South African cameraman describes his reaction to press reports on 'Panorama'.

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A letter about the arrest of two journalists in 1976.

Letter from the BBC to the South African Embassy

WRITTEN 1976
1 PAGE

Concerns are raised about the arrest and detention of two journalists.

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A letter from the South African Embassy.

Letter from the South African Embassy to the BBC

WRITTEN 1977
1 PAGE

South Africa denies detaining people because they work for the BBC.

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Transcript of a programme broadcast on the African Service in 1977.

Transcript of an African Service News Talk

WRITTEN 1977
2 PAGES

The dangers facing journalists, particularly in South Africa.

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Meeting minutes about 'Panorama: The Comrades' in 1986.

Television Weekly Programme Review Notes on 'Panorama: The Comrades'

WRITTEN 1986
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The BBC considers the impact of one of its programmes.

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