Censorship of Historical Thought: A World Guide, 1945-2000

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"1990s"A Namibia Broadcasting Corporation radio program containing preindependence archive material of detainees in the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) exile camps was withdrawn at the last minute, apparently on the orders of the Minister of Information.
1996On 6 March Namibian President Sam Nujoma attacked Siegfried Groth, German Lutheran Church pastor, and Christo Lombard, professor of theology at the University of Namibia, in a television broadcast to the nation. Groth was the author of NamibiaThe Wall of Silence: The Dark Days of the Liberation Struggle (Wuppertal 1995; originally German 1995), a book with eyewitness accounts of the torture and "disappearance" of detainees in the SWAPO exile camps. The detainees had been accused of internal dissent or of spying for South Africa during Namibia's struggle for independence (1966–89). Lombard was the book's promoter. For many years both had actively supported SWAPO's antiapartheid struggle. On a 21 March rally in northern Namibia celebrating the sixth anniversary of Namibia's independence, some two thousand people called for the banning and public burning of the book. The book, officially launched by the civil rights movement Breaking the Wall of Silence Committee in the capital Windhoek on 30 March, had sold out about two weeks before.

Also see Germany (1965: Herero; 1971: Sudholt), United Kingdom (1986: World Archaeological Congress).

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