ISSUE #105

Abantu Book Festival: The future is female


Black women media pioneers take their place at the book festival

Man of Letters and a Champion of Books


Tribute to Flaxman Qoopane (July 23, 1955 - November 22, 2017)

Steyn Statue at UFS falls in 2018


African communication academics gather in Ghana


Foundation for continent wide media and academic platform

HHP death puts customary marriages under spotlight


Here comes the handing over of the bride

Saleem Badat: on black professors, deracialisation and transformation


Bold programmes to facilitate development of black academics are long overdue

Research on African Digital Cultures: are children’s voices missing?


The young generation must not be left behind

Journalism tops list of “most dangerous” professions in the world


Women might be more at risk of threats to their safety

Book Extract: Breaking a Rainbow, Building a Nation


A first-hand account of the #FeesMustFall movement

Book Extract: Turning And Turning


How many bullets will it take to kill us all


A poem for Steve Biko, Imam Haron and Farouk Asvat

Black man you are not on your own


We need to talk about depression – it’s not a white disease

Investigative journalism in a dystopian present


Collaboration rather than competition is the lifeblood of the craft

The miseducation of “Y”: Why the Gender Summit is critical


The time is now for an inclusive dialogue

Abantu Book Festival: Tales of the hunt from the lion’s perspective


The Journalist and ACTIVATE! will stream the action

Crime on the rise in Free State’s Matjhabeng Municipality


Years of negligence must be undone to solve the crime problem in the region

Trump, Democrats prepare for trench warfare after 2018 Mid-term election


President will now have a check on his dictatorial tendencies

African community media’s survival depends on going digital


Platforms are at the coalface of change

ISSUE #105

Welcome to the October edition of The Journalist


In this edition we are beginning to review 2020 and anticipating 2021. This year has been dominated by the Covid 19 pandemic and the impact the Lockdowns have had on our lives. While Covid 19 is by no means over, a key event in 2021 will be the 30th anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on Press Freedom in May 2021.

We therefore have contributions that reflect on what press freedom may be like in the light of the persecution of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, and, with the increasing inequality in the world in the midst of the Covid pandemic, the challenges faced by journalists to give voice to experiences outside the ideological mainstream.

We spotlight a first-hand account of a doctor at the forefront of the struggles against Covid 19, a community voice telling us about the dire state of hunger and thirst in the Eastern Cape and an account of international solidarity of a South African studying in the USA.

Our Book Review honours a recent revisiting of Toussaint L’ Overture, the leader of the Haitian Revolution – the only successful slave revolution in modern history. The longer Academic section features a comic-book style account of the Three C’s confronting us today – Covid, Capitalism and Climate-change.


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