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 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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