South Africa's Resistance Press: Alternative Voices in the Last Generation Under Apartheid

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Les Switzer, Mohamed Adhikari
Ohio University Press, 2000 - History - 505 pages
South Africa's Resistance Press is a collection of essays celebrating the contributions of scores of newspapers, newsletters, and magazines that confronted the state in the generation after 1960. These publications contributed in no small measure to reviving a mass movement inside South Africa that would finally bring an end to apartheid. This marginalized press had an impact on its audience that cannot be measured in terms of the small number of issues sold, the limited amount of advertising revenue raised, or the relative absence of effective marketing and distribution strategies. These journalists rendered communities visible that were too often invisible and provided a voice for those too often voiceless. They contributed immeasurably to broadening the concept of a free press in South Africa. The guardians of the new South Africa owe these publications a debt of gratitude that cannot be repaid.
 

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Contents

South Africas Resistance Press in Perspective
1
African Workers in the African Nationalist Press 19001960
79
The Final Years of the Guardian 19601963
128
Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness Movement
176
Ch 5The Media of the United Democratic Front 19831991
223
Reporting on a Black Hole
260
From Washing Lines to Utopia
283
South 19871994
327
New Nation and the Sowetan in the 1980s
378
Vrye Weekblad and the Afrikaans Alternative Press
404
Ch 11The weekly Mail 19851994
458
Notes on Contributors
487
Index
491
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