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 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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