Nelson Mandela’s death took veteran television reporter Ian Johnstone back to the dark days of apartheid – and some tricky ethical decisions.
In December, like millions of other TV viewers, I watched as South Africans mourned Nelson Mandela’s death and celebrated his gift of freedom. But quite often, my thoughts went back almost 40 years, when black South Africans’ freedom seemed an impossible dream, and TV coverage of the country was rare.
In April 1976, after many requests, the South African Government gave a TV1 film crew, including me, permission to film there. Andy Leslie’s All Blacks would soon be touring, and perhaps Prime Minister John Vorster’s advisers assumed most Kiwis supported their policy of apartheid, which ...
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