ISSUE #107

PIC inquiry: “The rot had been too deep”

Shocking revelations made at the PIC inquiry and it’s only just begun

Campus shutdowns and NSFAS woes mark start of the academic year

Registration blues : financial exclusion means bright futures are on the line

Imam Abdullah Haron (1924 – 1969)

A spiritual force to be reckoned with

Rooibos Roots and the search for justice

Wupperthal rising from the ashes

The Invocation of Krotoa

The arts and restorative justice

Journalists listed in Agrizzi’s “little black book”

It is time we take seriously the call to clean up our own house and order of business

Going sober on cyber: Will VR leave a mark on our kids?

Protecting our children from harmful media experiences

What’s holding back e-commerce in South Africa?

Online shopping must be easy, dependable and safe

How the SKA is helping South Africa

Northern Cape towns benefit from one of the world’s largest astronomy projects

Book Extract: Becoming Iman

An Adventure Through Rebellion, Religion And Reason

Book Extract: Beauty’s Gift

Tribute to Oliver Mtukudzi – Zimbabwe’s ‘man with the talking guitar’

The sun has set on Oliver Mtukudzi

Hugh Lewin – Bandiet, Activist, Author, and Journalist

3 December 1939 – 16 January 2019

Ready or not, a new world is upon us

Davos, Ramaphosa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Distortions persist about South Africa’s matriarch

Claiming the narrative of Charlotte Maxeke for political gain

50 years on and no justice for Imam Haron’s family

Imam’s children to launch campaign in remembrance of their father and six others who were killed in detention in 1969

ISSUE #107

Welcome to the World Press Freedom Day edition of The Journalist

As the world marks the 30th anniversary of the World Press Freedom Day, The Journalist is going back in time in search of the African journalists who gifted the world the Windhoek Declaration back in 1991.

This year’s theme “Information as a Public Good” resonates with The Journalist’s work, whose online platform has been committed to recording African media pioneers. We dug into our archives to find stories that highlight journalism forebears of the late 19th and 20th centuries without whose advocacy and agency, media freedom would have not been possible.

In this special edition we bring you a background story on how the Windhoek Declaration of 1991 came about. You also get to read narratives of the trailblazers in journalism.

Allan Kirkland Soga was many things – politician, lawyer, visionary but most importantly, an agitator of African protest journalism. His editorship at Izwi Labantu and activism amplified the movement towards liberating Africans.

Then we have two historians who met over a cup of strong coffee at an Ethiopian eatery in the Mother City to discuss Malawi’s Clements Kadalie’s writings – the first trade unionist whose organising work spread across Southern Africa.

South African literary giant Sol Plaatje, a linguist who translated William Shakespeare’s works into Setswana, was not only revered as a journalist extraordinaire but also an African intellectual, thinker, writer and politician.

Nigeria’s first president Nnamdi Azikiwe, like his peers used the might of the pen to fight colonialism for economic socio-political liberation of his people, before he ventured into political leadership.

Hilary Teague is being celebrated as the father of Liberia’s independence through the American Colonisation Society (ACS). The pioneer of Liberian media, he held the editorship at the Liberia Herald which he used to champion the liberation cause of his people.

Apollonia Mathia is described as the rock of Sudanese journalism who fought tirelessly before South Sudan’s liberation from the Khartoum regime. Defying the odds in the turbulent post-conflict region for a free media, she advocated for women’s voices to be heard.

Helen Nontando “Noni” Jabavu was the first black South African woman to publish autobiographies. She had a stint as a radio host for the BBC before taking up a position as editor of Britain’s The Strand Magazine.

Founder and financier of Abantu Batho newspaper, Swazi Queen Mother Labotsibeni Mdluli understood the power of the printed word and ensured that staff members reported on bread-and-butter issues affecting the Swati people.

Sophia Yilma Deressa, an Ethiopian media legend once incarcerated without trial, had her parents imprisoned and her husband executed under the Derg regime. But this did not deter her as she continued civic activism until independence.

Happy reading.


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