NEW YORK (AP) _ The president of CBS News on Monday criticized the ordered expulsion of a CBS cameraman from South Africa, calling it contrary to the values of open societies.

''This is an effort by the government to intimidate CBS News and other news gathering organizations in that country,'' Van Gordon Sauter said of the ordered expulsion of cameraman Wim de Vos.

De Vos, a citizen of the Netherlands, on Friday was ordered to leave the country by midnight Tuesday.

''The restrictions imposed upon the media and the expulsion of de Vos are another insult to the values of free, open societies,'' said Sauter. ''Our journalists in South Africa have been instructed to honor the local laws.

''But CBS News will continue to use all other available sources to report the story.''

On Monday, the government turned down an appeal of the expulsion order against de Vos. CBS bureau manager William Mutschmann said the network would apply for a temporary court injunction, but did not specify the grounds.

De Vos has lived in South Africa for 11 years and was arrested in Cape Town while covering a small anti-government demonstration last Wednesday.

He was charged with resisting arrest, hindering the police and attending an illegal gathering, and then was ordered to leave the country.