Comrade Editor. On life, journalism and the birth of Namibia

Comrade Editor: On life, journalism and the birth of Namibia is the story of Gwen Lister, the activist journalist.
Lister, Gwen
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978-0-62-409256-8
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Title: Comrade Editor
Subtitle: On life, journalism and the birth of Namibia
Publisher: NB Publisher
Imprint: Tafelberg
Kapstadt, South Afrika 2021
ISBN 9780624092568 / ISBN 978-0-62-409256-8
Softcover, 15 x 23 cm, 388 pages, numerous b/w photos

About: Comrade Editor. On life, journalism and the birth of Namibia

Comrade Editor: On life, journalism and the birth of Namibia is the story of Gwen Lister, the activist journalist who achieved global renown for opposing South Africa's occupation of Namibia. Gwen Lister cut her journalistic teeth under the tutelage of Hannes Smith at the Windhoek Advertiser. Together they started the Windhoek Observer. When increased pressure from the white establishment forced her out, she founded The Namibian in 1985, which soon became a global byword for gutsy, principled journalism. In a divided and violent society, Gwen Lister survived death threats, fire bombings and arrests to tell the truth. With Comrade Editor: On life, journalism and the birth of Namibia, Lister she shares not only her decades-long experience in the newspaper business, but also the perils of outspoken journalism and the effects on herself and her family. This is a brave and honest account of the personal and professional journey of one of Africa's foremost journalists.

Content: Comrade Editor. On life, journalism and the birth of Namibia

ACTIVIST IN THE MAKING
Memories in sepia
Waking up to apartheid
'I'm glad he's dead'
Back to black
Playing with apartheid
Determined to make a difference
'A job meant for a man'
The adventure begins
BAPTISM OF FIRE
On the beat and in the morgue
Brutal history in a harsh land
An 'organ of colonialism'
Taking on the Turnhalle
Keeping track in a tumultuous year
Skirmishes with the SADF
'Apartheid in super disguise'
The killing of Clemens Kapuuo
Finding my voice
Straddling the fence
THE OBSERVER YEARS
Born on Cassinga Day
A strange combination
Tea with a 'terrorist'
The State vs Gwen Lister
An icon is freed
Things hot up behind the scenes
First plane to Zambia
The settlement that wasn't
A ban and the boot
Coping with craziness
FORAYS FOR FUNDING
An idea takes root
From mail to jail
'Ducking a bullet' in Lusaka
Surviving the dungeons
Obstacles and avenues
Setting up and seeing red
Against all odds
WORKING UNDER SIEGE
Ink in our veins
Tested to the limit
Deadlines and landmines
The people behind the paper
'A turning point in the war'
Detained without trial
Spies, threats, and hidden dangers
FROM SADF TO UNTAG
'In the eye of the elephant'
Picking up the pieces
Anton's life cut short
Kissing the soil
Apartheid is dying
No red flag over Windhoek
Changes in the air
Birth of a nation
BUILDING A FUTURE
The art of survival
'For Africans, by Africans'
No white exodus
The fighters and the spoils
A phosphorus attack
'Just jab the bitch'
'Daring to be different'
Rebels with a cause
'Shooting the messenger'
Under an orange tree
Death of a maverick
Tribute to a legend
INTO THE SUNSET
Passing the torch
The years take their toll
Freedom in the balance
A life in journalism
Acknowledgements
About the author