ISSUE #113

Putting the People In People’s Parliament


Openness and transparency is a key non-negotiable constitutional imperative

Life’s complexities hit the stage


The Fishermen probes broken trust that eventually obliterates the Agwu family

Screams of women through art


A tour with deep emotions

Mathatha Tsedu’s autobiography is our collective story


“Detention, imprisonment, torture and banishment were almost inevitable”

Social worker and author, a Q&A with Rethabile Lenkoe


We have more that makes us similar than that which makes us different.

Toxic masculinity and aspiring to be James Bond


Toxic Hypermasculinity and the portrayal of gendered roles in media

Shades of black: An exhibition in colour


Invoking memory and curiosity

Deadly Drinking


Alcohol abstinence a path to road safety

A tribute to Auntie Vivie


You would always find her at the frontline

Ethiopia: New journalist arrests put press freedom gains at risk


Ethiopian journalists face censored press

World High Caesareans in the Private Sector


Another first for South Africa, and the threat this poses

Mo Abudu: Woman of many firsts


The sky is no limit

Gains or Pains? Big Food and food fortification in Africa


Are companies really taking the need for food fortification seriously in Africa or is it just business as usual?

Podcast: Amplify your voice, says Sisonke Msimang


The personal is political

Gender inequality costs the global economy trillions


Research conducted on more than 2 000 policies in 193 countries

The kids who dreamed before Ramaphosa


The Arts take choristers into new space

Johnny Clegg: Rebel, intellectual, musician


Clegg was a dissident, a courageous man who confronted history and left an enduring mark on the world

Dear Readers:Once Again…

The Journalist has been off-line for the past four months because we were hacked. At the beginning of March 2020 we promised new material after we went into a period of reflection meant to be about reviewing the state of journalism, our content, our funding model and our targeted audience.

The review was interrupted by the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown and, along with everyone else in the country, we had to be more creative about how to have our discussions. But the hacking of the site was of such an order that it not only froze the site but threatened to destroy all our existing and past material. Rebuilding the site and making it secure from future attacks has had to be our focus over the past period.

We apologise to you, our readers, and to young journalists for this extended delay. We especially apologise to those who submitted articles over the past 4 months. Where possible and relevant we will consider these for publication now that we are back live.

We are now live once more ….ready to pursue our mission to give “history and context to key issues facing journalists in South Africa.”

The Covid 19 pandemic has been the biggest public health crisis in the world since the Spanish flu of 1918. It has brought disease and death to many of our families and communities, and to healthcare workers and journalists, Including our own Lungile Tom and many others. Lungile Tom, an eNCA cameraman, is the only journalist to have died of the virus in our country so far. And, unless a vaccine is found and made freely available to all (meaning not closed off by patents and commercial barriers), Covid 19 may be with us for an unknown extended period of time.

But Covid 19 has also shone a light on all the issues facing humanity today – climate injustice, the vast inequalities, the abandonment of the poor majority by most governments, the parlous state of public healthcare and the social determinants of health, the growing authoritarianism and racism in many countries – from the USA to Brazil – and the collapse of countries in Africa and the Middle East by imperialist aggression.

Independent journalism continues to suffer through corporate strategies like shutting print media, downsizing and outsourcing functions, and putting up paywalls for online media. And by governments attacking independent and critical voices who do not play to mainstream and elite concerns.

The Journalist has become aware that the large majority of media professionals have had to take substantial pay-cuts during this pandemic. This is not an easy time for them and their families.

The Journalist, now that we are back, will continue to be counted in the effort to challenge narratives that limit deeper understandings of the national and international condition.

ISSUE #113

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