ISSUE #49

Deaf Culture: A heritage worth celebrating


Sign language is influenced by a set of social beliefs and behaviour values

Afrikaans must not fall


No to “lingual cleansing”

Opinion: ISIS & West Africa’s Vulnerable Youth


Agents of radical groups enticing the unemployed

Herbert Nuttall Vuma Msane


Like father, like son

Kenya Tweets Its Shame: Social Media Reveals Dark Underbelly


Facing up to an abhorrent attitude towards rape

The Curse of the MAMCWWM


A history that still poisons TV News

Stellenbosch students demand you Luister


Race still divides deeply

ISSUE #49

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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