In December 1997, on application by casino magnate Sol Kerzner, Judge Flemming of the Johannesburg High Court prohibited publication of the book Kerzner Unauthorised. The author, former Finance Week editor Allan Greenblo, and publisher Jonathan Ball, were persuaded by their legal advisors to abandon an appeal against the banning order, and every copy of the book was pulped. Perhaps the single most significant act of censorship in the post-apartheid era. All that remains of Greenblos book is to be found in the archived pages of nose21.
You are invited to go to the noseweek website, to judge whether or not Greenblo's book contained a (critical) view of the relationship between business and politics in the apartheid era that you, by democratic right, should be able to read.
Ten years later a new book which takes a critical view of big business and politics in the present era, also by a leading financial journalist, will run the legal gauntlet.
Licensed financial service provider and billion rand participation-bond manager Sharemax (noses98&99) has brought an urgent application to the Johannesburg High Court to order ex-FinWeek writer Deon Bassons book, Public Interest Warriors partially published on the internet removed from his website and banned from further publication.
If youre interested in whats happened in the financial services industry since Masterbond, hurry while stocks last!
Go to itinews.co.za/newsletters/arc_newsletters.aspx, read Take the money and run and get wise.
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