The Great Media debate

Spotlight on quality of content, role of media and transformation matters

The Lion Kings: The idyllic and the wretched..

The world that the now famous Cecil inhabited

Health & Wellbeing focus: International Day of Indigenous Peoples

UN Secretary General says most challenges are preventable

AWG Champion: A Rebel with a Cause

An outspoken campaigner for racial equality

A budding artist extraordinaire

I knew it was what I wanted when I picked up my mum’s Blackberry and took photos

Opinion: Media Tribunal Unconstitutional

But Moegsien Williams says we might need ‘tougher measures’

Free Art Space connects people

Participants gather without judgement

Marikana Changed My Life: Rehad Desai Storyteller Activist

Miners Shot Down. Rehad Desai talks to The Journalist


Welcome to the December edition of The Journalist

This is the last edition for 2020. Our next edition will be in January 2021.

In this edition we highlight three important issues that were newsworthy in this month - the Presidential Elections in the USA, the announcement by the SABC that it was embarking on a programme of mass retrenchment and the ongoing campaigns against violence perpetrated on women and children.

We therefore have contributions that challenge the idea that the US is some kind of gold standard of democracy and instead show that the USA is at best a very flawed democracy and in no place to lecture Africans about democracy. We feature an article which, instead of downsizing, calls on us to debate the importance of the SABC as both a vehicle and a register of democracy in South Africa.

We also spotlight an investigate journalist’s allegations about police killings in Cato Manor in KZN which have been the subject of conflicting reports in the media since 2011. He calls for a judicial enquiry into these matters.

As befits November’s activism against Violence on Women and Children we spotlight an article which calls on us to swop a brand of toxic masculinity for a different kind of masculinity. In this regard our Arts section features the musician, Kadaf, who takes stand against male violence and patriarchy.

The Craft section features Glenda Daniel’s book, Power and Loss, which highlights the extent to which job losses in the media have occurred leading to the decimation of newsrooms.

Our Book Review section features a review of Patric Tariq Mellet’s The Lie of 1652, which debunks many of the colonial myths about 1652 - the apparent first meeting between Europeans and South African indigenous people – designed to justify the dispossession and exploitation which followed.


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