#WeToo: Sexual harassment in the workplace

Late night calls and inappropriate comments

Relax, it’s just polony

Why I’ve coined listeriosis as hysteriosis

Can the ANC be trusted to deliver land restitution?

The ruling party’s neoliberal economic dogma

The Rwandan genocide: When Black Lives Don’t Matter

The rhetorical cries of ‘never again’ ring ever more hollow

The roots of corporate ‘amorality’ in the Dutch and English East India Companies

Free trade is a myth perpetuated by the powerful

Freedom Day: A meditation on Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

Internalising the difficult truths about heroes and their legacies.

In the aftermath of #FeesMustFall: Scapegoats, race, and the question of individual responsibility

“We advised our terrified students to try to lock themselves in their rooms and wait it out”

The state of ethical and moral leadership in corporate South Africa

Trevor Manuel's address to the Unisa School of Business Leadership

Abortion: Should a man have a say on what a woman decides with her body?

Students share their views on this sensitive issue

Ah, but your land is beautiful

On the limits of landscape art and the land question

In conversation with Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi

A repository of our hidden African history

Zakes Mda on his new book, ‘The Zulus of New York’

“I write historical fiction to tame the past”

Land Reform: The key challenge of our time

If handled properly, social justice is possible

Rashid Lombard: Semi-retired, now Cape Town’s ultimate Jazz A-lister

Pulling off a festival with a dream and empty pockets

Thinking, researching and writing Africa: insights from Nigeria’s Tutuola

Tutuola’s novels are founded on the lived realities of Yoruba society

Hurricane Maria, a story of resilience

My family, and about 3 million others are not going anywhere

On Life Esidimeni and the banality of evil

The slow slip of weak leadership

Budget fails to bring change in economic direction

The 2018 budget is more of the same approach and will bring misery for most South Africans

Cape Town: This is not “the deadliest” water crisis

The city can survive it, if the narrative is productive

Fatima Meer: Painting in prison

Reading rank and race in the Constitutional Hill’s Women’s Jail

Waiting for Ramaphosa’s sun to rise

Ramaphosa promises a new dawn but will the arts be thrown a lifeline?

Austerity, enclosure and the bittersweet gains of #FeesMustFall

Escalation, militarism, misinformation and isolation

Cyril Ramaphosa sees his ‘New Dawn’ from the comfort of his motorcade

On the one percent, blood money and pharaohs

Undoing a divisive language policy and practice at the UFS

An opportunity to come together: everyone must be part of the conversation

Decolonising Economics in South Africa

Understanding the Historical Roots of White Monopoly Capital

Morgan Tsvangirai, the most popular Zimbabwean political leader

Opposition leader towered over all politicians in Zimbabwe

Allister Miller and the Times of Swaziland

A colonial paper in the heart of Africa


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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