ISSUE #113

Putting the People In People’s Parliament


Openness and transparency is a key non-negotiable constitutional imperative

Life’s complexities hit the stage


The Fishermen probes broken trust that eventually obliterates the Agwu family

Screams of women through art


A tour with deep emotions

Mathatha Tsedu’s autobiography is our collective story


“Detention, imprisonment, torture and banishment were almost inevitable”

Social worker and author, a Q&A with Rethabile Lenkoe


We have more that makes us similar than that which makes us different.

Toxic masculinity and aspiring to be James Bond


Toxic Hypermasculinity and the portrayal of gendered roles in media

Shades of black: An exhibition in colour


Invoking memory and curiosity

Deadly Drinking


Alcohol abstinence a path to road safety

A tribute to Auntie Vivie


You would always find her at the frontline

Ethiopia: New journalist arrests put press freedom gains at risk


Ethiopian journalists face censored press

World High Caesareans in the Private Sector


Another first for South Africa, and the threat this poses

Mo Abudu: Woman of many firsts


The sky is no limit

Gains or Pains? Big Food and food fortification in Africa


Are companies really taking the need for food fortification seriously in Africa or is it just business as usual?

Podcast: Amplify your voice, says Sisonke Msimang


The personal is political

Gender inequality costs the global economy trillions


Research conducted on more than 2 000 policies in 193 countries

The kids who dreamed before Ramaphosa


The Arts take choristers into new space

Johnny Clegg: Rebel, intellectual, musician


Clegg was a dissident, a courageous man who confronted history and left an enduring mark on the world

ISSUE #113

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 thejournalist.org.za 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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