Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Rapport has scrapped writer Deon Maas's column after his piece on satanism prejudiced the paper's commercial interests, its editor said on Thursday.
Following the appearance of the opinion piece on November 4, readers started an SMS campaign calling for a boycott of sales on Sunday, said editor Tim du Plessis in a statement.
"The campaign then targeted Rapport's distributors and agents. It prejudiced Rapport's commercial interests."
Scores of the newspaper's regular readers reacted and the newspaper took their points of view into account.
"Rapport is committed to media freedom, the free expression of opinions and robust debate. The orchestrated boycott campaign, however, altered the nature of the question from one of freedom of expression to one of commercial interests," said Du Plessis.
In his article, Maas wrote that satanism is "just a different philosophy".
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