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December 18, 1985

The International Press Institute criticized South Africa for its press restrictions and also condemned calls by world leaders to curb media coverage of terrorism and violent protests. "Perhaps (leaders) fail to see that terrorists and rioters have the same goal--to be heard," the group said in its annual review of press freedom in 65 countries. It said the real reasons behind calls for news restrictions "are to cover the fact that the governments can't cope with their problems--be they Cape riots or the sticky legacy of Northern Ireland. Censorship is a handy tool."

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