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

Dear Readers:Once Again…

The Journalist has been off-line for the past four months because we were hacked. At the beginning of March 2020 we promised new material after we went into a period of reflection meant to be about reviewing the state of journalism, our content, our funding model and our targeted audience.

The review was interrupted by the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown and, along with everyone else in the country, we had to be more creative about how to have our discussions. But the hacking of the site was of such an order that it not only froze the site but threatened to destroy all our existing and past material. Rebuilding the site and making it secure from future attacks has had to be our focus over the past period.

We apologise to you, our readers, and to young journalists for this extended delay. We especially apologise to those who submitted articles over the past 4 months. Where possible and relevant we will consider these for publication now that we are back live.

We are now live once more ….ready to pursue our mission to give “history and context to key issues facing journalists in South Africa.”

The Covid 19 pandemic has been the biggest public health crisis in the world since the Spanish flu of 1918. It has brought disease and death to many of our families and communities, and to healthcare workers and journalists, Including our own Lungile Tom and many others. Lungile Tom, an eNCA cameraman, is the only journalist to have died of the virus in our country so far. And, unless a vaccine is found and made freely available to all (meaning not closed off by patents and commercial barriers), Covid 19 may be with us for an unknown extended period of time.

But Covid 19 has also shone a light on all the issues facing humanity today – climate injustice, the vast inequalities, the abandonment of the poor majority by most governments, the parlous state of public healthcare and the social determinants of health, the growing authoritarianism and racism in many countries – from the USA to Brazil – and the collapse of countries in Africa and the Middle East by imperialist aggression.

Independent journalism continues to suffer through corporate strategies like shutting print media, downsizing and outsourcing functions, and putting up paywalls for online media. And by governments attacking independent and critical voices who do not play to mainstream and elite concerns.

The Journalist has become aware that the large majority of media professionals have had to take substantial pay-cuts during this pandemic. This is not an easy time for them and their families.

The Journalist, now that we are back, will continue to be counted in the effort to challenge narratives that limit deeper understandings of the national and international condition.

ISSUE #98

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