The lengthy trial of Gandar and Pogrund ends

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Thursday, 10 July 1969

The lengthy and expensive trial of Laurence Gandar and Benjamin Pogrund, of the Rand Daily Mail, on charges under the Prisons Act, ends with both being found guilty but receiving light sentences. They had been accused of publishing untrue information about prisons. The press won a moral victory, but the trial discouraged editors from publishing reports on prison conditions.

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• Kalley, J.A.; Schoeman, E. & Andor, L.E. (eds)(1999).
• Southern African Political History: a chronology of key political events from independence to mid-1997, Westport: Greenwood.
• Words, website: time.com

Last updated : 10-Jul-2013

This article was produced by South African History Online on 16-Mar-2011

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