AAP#2: The State of Journalism in Africa with Jabulani Sikhakhane
In this podcast, we talk with Jabulani Sikhakhane, deputy editor of The Conversation Africa, about his publication’s special approach to journalism and the state of the fourth estate across the continent.
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A strong proactive critical media [intellectually grounded] is essential in all African nations if Africa as a continent is to both prosper and flourish. The role and function of media which entails journalism is to ‘comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable’. Journalism is a process of telling stories grounded in a factual textual context. Personal opinions for journalists are discouaged as the ordinal primary function of journalism is to lay out for the readership and listeningship the context grounded within measurable verifiable facts the anteceedents leading up to the matter being discussed and or investigated so as to allow the readership/listeningship to make an informed judgment which may lead to a decision in how to proceed. Alas in many African nation states, both active critical journalism and media are most actively discourged by the state governance status quo who do not wish the curtain behind their abuse in power governance to be displayed openly.