U.S. Rep Wants Assange Declared 'Banned Person,' Recalling South Africa's Internal Security Act
By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org
15 Jan 2011
U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, wants WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, to be added to the Treasury Department's 'Specially Designated National and Blocked Persons List,' also known as the SDN List. Rep. King's request evokes the story of another banned journalist, Donald James Woods. Woods was the editor of the South Africa's 'Daily Dispatch' from 1965 to 1977, befriending Steve Biko, the leader of the anti-apartheid Black Consciousness Movement. Woods was declared a 'banned person' under South Africa's Internal Security Act by the Afrikaner National Party government in October 1977.