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Apartheid and Promoting Tourism in South Africa

September 17, 1988

It is indeed appalling that in this day and age the Los Angeles Times would stoop to cheap sensational news items which function to promote American tourism in the land of the racist South African apartheid regime.

It is indeed also appalling that The Times even prints any articles coming from South Africa since the South African apartheid regime has booted our much cherished "freedom of the press" into the mud.

We at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., have taken note of the space The Times devoted to promoting tourism in South Africa and the name of your staff writer who wrote the story at a time when the South African regime is responsible not only for the horrors of apartheid within its own borders, but for the hundreds of thousands of innocent victims of apartheid and its repercussions in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zambia. In fact The Times has chosen to promote tourism for a regime that is the major cause of underdevelopment and destruction throughout the whole of southern Africa.

MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS

Executive Director

SCLC

Los Angles

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