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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

1963. Publications & Entertainments Act No 26

This "created a central body, the Publications Control Board, to decide on the compatibility of publications (excluding newspapers), objects, films, and public entertainments with certain standards of indecency and obscenity... A right of appeal did, however, lie from a decision of this Board to the Supreme Court, except in the case of films where there was an appeal only to the Minister of the Interior" (Dugard 1978: 194).

The Publications Control Board was apparently abolished during the mid- 1970s, when it was superseded by the Directorate of Publications; see the PUBLICATIONS ACT of 1974.

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