ISSUE #121

Dominant media reflects an elite bias


Voices of poor majority either ignored or made functional to dominant narrative

Corruption and Neoliberalism: We are caught between those who have captured the state and those who want to


Caught between those who have captured the state and those who have not

Gender Justice: How is South Africa doing?


Generation Equality for Greater Inclusion

Tribute to Fawzia Lowe


1936 – 2020

African History and the Struggle to De-Colonise Africa.


The pernicious harms to health of certain cottage industries


Choosing between pestilence and plague.

The extradition of Julian Assange would undermine freedom of speech


A champion of the cause of democracy

The Radical journalist and historian who charted the death throes of colonialism in Africa


The Radical journalist and historian who charted the death throes of colonialism in Africa

Lumumba’s remains to return home


Tooth or teeth kept as trophy in Belgium

In conversation with the pioneers of The Revulva talk show


Myesha Jenkins 1948 – 2020


Poet, performer, activist and extraordinary human being

Forging ahead in new terrain


Cape Cultural Collective adapts to conditions imposed by pandemic

ISSUE #121

Welcome to the September edition of The Journalist


In this edition we focus on three issues, which we need to put in context so that we can have informed public debate– the growing outcry over corruption, the threats to media freedom and way the media represents struggles of communities.

We therefore have contributions which put corruption into context as a systemic issue of neo-liberal capitalism, we publish a call for solidarity with Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, who faces deportation and a life-sentence for exposing US crimes against humanity, and we feature a study of how lead pollution threatens children in our communities. As always we reflect on struggles facing women today and how far we have come in our commitment to addressing gender equality

Some of these are original pieces and some are from new networks of community journalists who delve into events that the media mainstream fails to engage.

We also have a great collection of articles on the arts, paying tribute to late poet, Myesha Jenkins, and to our own Cape Cultural Collective. Our pioneer section honours Basil Davidson and Patrice Lumumba, while the longer academic section features Neville Alexander’s classic booklet on struggles to de-colonise Africa.


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