Namibia, Pretoria's Assault on the Press

by Episcopal Churchmen for South Africa
New York, New York, United States
February 12, 1984
2 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The mailing says Gwen Lister, political journalist for Namibia's independent weekly newspaper, the Windhoek Observer, has been charged with importing, failing to declare, and possessing banned documents. These are alleged violations of South Africa's Customs and Excise Act, Publications Act, and Internal Security Act (which carries a penalty of three years imprisonment). Lister had been detained and searched by security police at Johannesburg's Jan Smuts airport on May 1, 1983 and her papers and notes seized. She was in transit to Windhoek from a United Nations Conference on Namibia in Paris. The mailing says Pretoria's action against this journalist is a blatant violation of the freedom of the press. In addition, the United Nations, not South Africa, is the lawful authority over Namibia. The mailing includes an article from the Windhoek Observer "Secret police visit Gwen Lister –hauled before a South African court.”
Used by permission of former board members of the Episcopal Churchpeople for a Free Southern Africa.
Collection: George M. Houser (Africa collection), Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections