ISSUE #98

Rural women head to Ohio through new art exhibition


History has glorified men at the expense of women

Book extract: Sorry, not sorry


Experiences of a brown woman in white South Africa

“An under-resourced newsroom is a threat to media freedom”


Media freedom and democracy go hand in hand

Lost and found: sexuality and identity at varsity


I found it hard to be accepted and acknowledged as an equal human being

A note to Premier Helen Zille


Life Esidimeni is an outcrop of our careless society, masquerading as community

Cuba’s new president: What to expect of Miguel Díaz-Canel


Who can fill Castro’s shoes?

Defying the boycott call: Black Coffee in hot water


Why South Africa’s DJ Black Coffee left a bitter taste by performing in Israel

Book extract: My Father Died for This


The Cradock Four’s Fort Calata and his son, Lukhanyo

Abducted and assaulted for speaking out


Mozambican journalist “silenced” with violence

#WorldPressFreedomDay: Freedom to do journalism


Plurality of media is key to democracy

“This victory is not just for me”


The first black recipient of the Abe Bailey Travel Bursary talks success

#MeToo: A survivor’s story


April last year I was raped, April this year I took back my body

Zubeida Jaffer’s open letter to Zenani and Zindzi Mandela


We have not done enough to break the bonds of patriarchy that diminish us as women.

The cage we all helped to build


The gradual erosion of our privacy

Sleepless in Soweto


Restlessness caused by the weight of history surrounding me

“There is no messiah who is going to save us”


We must work together and strive for the tomorrow we dream of

ISSUE #98

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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