ISSUE #112

Stepping out of the Nuclear Shadow of the Zuma Years

South Africa does not have another 10 years to add to wasted decade

Plight of fathers precluded from their paternal obligation

Some yearn to be present to witness the efforts of their children striving upward.

Now You Done Gone & Killed Me

ZB Molefe: In Memoriam. January 1944 —May 2019

What will be the future of the ANC and the DA?

The ANC cannot rest on its laurels of being the historic liberation movement

ZB Molefe: a scribe with pedigree, curiosity and resourcefulness

Zuluboy Arthur Molefe: January 5 1944 – May 31 2019

Writing about rape

How should journalists report on this epidemic

Honouring the superheroes of democracy

Qaanitah Hunter wins Nat Nakasa award

Ramaphoria, no more than a fever dream

Bullet trains, skyscrapers and empty coffers

After the scramble: It’s time to return Africa’s vinyl records

“No longer should music be removed from the country in large amounts”

Active citizenship on our terms

South African youth speak up via online media

Newly published book puts young ‘Heroes’ in the spotlight

Honesty, resilience, tact, empathy, thoughtfulness and sincerity

The scourge of an unhealthy tax system

The burden of poverty: Ramaphosa’s government must decide who they prioritise.

The internet has no firewall for patriarchy

Cybermisogyny is on the rise, we need to protect our children

Raymond Louw: Editor, Journalist and Activist

13 October 1926 – 5 June 2019

Botswana court ruling is a ray of hope for LGBT people across Africa

“This decision is a landmark. It sets a precedent on which other African courts can rely”

Zuluboy Arthur Molefe, the fearless African Warrior

January 5 1944 – May 31 2019

ISSUE #112

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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