ISSUE #119

Covid 19: South African entry wins WHO Innovation Award

A modicum of balance must be brought to the sense of helplessness and nihilism becoming entrenched in society

Covid 19 victims are disproportionately black and brown

‘Race’ and class are big inequalities worldwide, which Covid 19 is exposing

Covid 19: Understanding the Politics of Disease and the Disease of Politics

The key is mobilisation even under the shadow of the pandemic

The plight of the Basotho under lockdown in South Africa

…better to die at home than in other people’s country where their families will not even get to see their bodies…

Virus: all that is solid melts into air

Pandemic in context of permanent crisis of neo-liberal capitalism

Network gives voice to communities resisting exploitation by mining companies

Tunatazama - We are watching

Historian Masilela dies in Thailand

He built a powerful intellectual family tree


The Nigerian press, the public sphere and sustainable development: Engaging the post amnesty deal in the Niger Delta

Poet who made black “cool” in Britain wins 2020 Pen Pinter Prize

Linton Kwesi Johnson gave poetry back to the people

Poet who made black “cool” in Britain wins 2020 Pen Pinter Prize

The world is dancing to South Africa’s Jerusalema

Master KG’s hit a feel-good song for all!

Cyclone in Indian village stirs memories on tip of Africa

Reflections of a Habshi Yemeni Kokni Batavian African

Hometown Glory

Tapping into the artistic soul and depth of Emnambithi

ISSUE #119

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 Lock Downs 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 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 US.

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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