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How South African editor Aggrey Klaaste put himself on the line with his contrarian idea

How South African editor Aggrey Klaaste put himself on the line with his contrarian idea

IN 1988, Aggrey Klaaste became the editor of Sowetan and launched a project to intervene in the fraught political situation in South Africa. The Sowetan was the foremost daily newspaper for black South Africans, a successor to the Post and The World, both banned by the apartheid state. LESLEY COWLING, Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism, University of the Witwatersrand It was a tumultuous time in South Africa, with state persecution and efforts to quell protest and opposition reaching their zenith. Amid ongoing protest against the apartheid state, the government had declared two states of emergency. In addition, political…
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