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July 5, 2006

SA Journos React to Lawsuits: Yawn

If this follow-up article on a South African politician suing several media outlets is any indication, then journalists in that country lead the world when it comes to hilarious, laid-back dismissals. Moegsien Williams, editor of the primary media outlet for cartoonist Jonathan "Zapiro" Shapiro, basically labels the whole thing a publicity stunt, says "Good luck with that, dude" when it comes to silencing his award-winning cartoonist, and then name drops former Prime Minister PW Botha as a former, unsuccessful opponent of Shapiro's. Yow. Not a good day to be former Deputy President Jacob Zuma, whose rape trial coverage is at the heart of the dispute.

Of course, now I want someone to organize a bunch of South African journalists to come over here on tour and teach American cartoonists and their editors how to talk smack.
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