ISSUE #122

Over 130 villages around East London are without water

“What the municipality told us is that when they open water to our taps, the hospital and the town suffers. It means if we have water, then the hospital and the town will be out of water.”

A tender-hearted combatant of love

Zubeida told me she was working on an important story and I knew from that moment that I wanted to carry that amount of dedication and commitment to journalism and to shaping the conversations needed in order to transform society.

Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture

Leader of the only successful slave revolution in history

Covid 19 – More than meets the eye

The pandemic intersects with several historical factors that include the tragedy of sugar, land dispossession and the subversion of the global food economy.

Press Freedom: from State control and ideological strait-jackets

In May 2021 we will celebrate the Windhoek Declaration on the free press. What is its relevance today?

Legacies of Dissent: The international impact of the anti-apartheid divestment campaign

The ties that bind transatlantic struggles

Noma and the 3C’s


ISSUE #122

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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