ISSUE #109

Book Review: The List is a page turner


This `novel’ has a special place of honour

Sophia Yilma Deressa


Journalist, activist and politician

Our habits are destroying the environment


From sunscreen to plastic to e-waste, we need to be more conscious

The South African Communications Association partners with The Journalist


Establishing networks and rewriting history

The Making of the ‘White Karoo’


Where genocides of the indigenous and their violent subjugation are absent

From business to terrorism, the double edged sword of digital communication


African regulators work together to harmonise the regulation of creative content

Striking the media gender balance


Huge strides have been made over the decades – but we’ve yet to cover enough distance.

Ndinethembe: A young lady’s poetic journey of hope


Art exhibition: When Dust Settles


Weaving together memory and history

Bound to violence: toxic queer masculinities in South African films


Skoonheid and Inxeba broach previously suppressed discussions

Cents and Sensibility: Political parties funding secrets remain safe


Going into the voting station blindfolded

The South African Medical Research Council at 50


Overcoming the burden of history to becoming the patron of health research under democracy

Let us get this right – Women Are Not Rocks!


If you strike a woman she will bleed and die

ISSUE #109

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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