"> Name: South African writer, Madeleine Van Biljon, loses award

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Africa



Artist: Madeleine Van Biljon

Confronting Bodies: Afrikaan Language and Culture Association

Date of Action: May 1998

Specific Location: South Africa

Description of Artwork: Van Biljon admitted to "Finesse," a magazine for Christian women, that she did not believe in the Christian religion.

Description of Incident: Van Biljon is a well-known Afrikaner writer. She won an award from the Afrikaans Language and Culture Association(ATKV)for her work. The ATKV was the cultural arm of the Afrikaner Broederbond, a political mafia behind the National Party government responsible for the aparteid. The award was taken away from Van Biljon on the grounds that it was "only for Christians."

Results of Incident: The ATKV detracted Van Biljon's prize

Source: Index on Censorship, 4/98

Submitted By: NCAC

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