ISSUE #91

From a protector to a threat


Grace Mugabe: Interests of the State placed ahead of individual human security

Strike a woman, strike a rock


Women will continue to fight against violence and abuse

“Umama woManyano Ngumama!” and post-apartheid feminisms


It is impossible to use linear understandings to determine the legitimacy of such spaces, particularly for black women

Public intellectuals and gatekeepers of knowledge


Podcast: The Academic Citizen

The Mesh: Connecting with environmental damage


Exhibition investigates our overworked eco-system and the hope for repair

The Long Hard Fight For News on Robben Island


News snuck in under tables, hidden in porridge and in repaired shoes

Discovering Clements Kadalie’s writing


Essayist, opinion maker and thought leader 1896 - 1951

ISSUE #91

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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