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Private Print Media, the State and Politics in Colonial and Post-Colonial Zimbabwe

Authors: Dombo, Sylvester

  • Includes research based on interviews with journalists and editors located at the discussed news outlets
  • Illustrates the central role that media plays in shaping politics, and governments play in shaping media in developing states
  • Traces the ways that alternative media can emerge and grow out of nations where media independence is limited
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This book examines the role played by two popular private newspapers in the struggle for democracy in Zimbabwe, one case from colonial Rhodesia and the other from the post-colonial era. It argues that, operating under oppressive political regimes and in the dearth of credible opposition political parties or as a platform for opposition political parties, the African Daily News, between 1956-1964, and the Daily News, between 1999-2003, played an essential role in opening up spaces for political freedom in the country. Both newspapers were ultimately shut down by the respective government of the time. The newspapers allowed reading publics the opportunity to participate in politics by providing a daily analytical alternative, to that offered by the government and the state media, in relation to the respective political crises that unfolded in each of these periods. The book further examines both the information policies pursued by the different governments and the way these affected the functioning of private media in their quest to provide an "ideal" public sphere. It explores issues of ownership, funding and editorial policies in reference to each case and how these affected the production of news and issue coverage. It considers issues of class and geography in shaping public response. It also focuses on state reactions to the activities of these newspapers and how these, in turn, affected the activities of private media actors. Finally, it considers the cases together to consider the meanings of the closing down of these newspapers during the two eras under discussion and contributes to the debates about print media vis-à-vis the new forms of media that have come to the fore.

About the authors

Sylvester Dombo is a lecturer in the Department of History and Development Studies at the Great Zimbabwe University, Mashava Campus, Zimbabwe. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where he researched on media and politics in Zimbabwe. His research interests include media, religion and politics, nationalism, democracy, violence, land reform and entertainment history.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Dombo, Sylvester

    Pages 1-3

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  • Colonialism and the Development of the Press in Zimbabwe

    Dombo, Sylvester

    Pages 5-19

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  • African Newspapers and the Development of the Private Press in Rhodesia

    Dombo, Sylvester

    Pages 21-49

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  • African Daily News and Early African Politics in Rhodesia

    Dombo, Sylvester

    Pages 51-81

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  • ‘We Are at a Political Crossroad’: Press and Politics in Rhodesia, 1958–1964

    Dombo, Sylvester

    Pages 83-120

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Private Print Media, the State and Politics in Colonial and Post-Colonial Zimbabwe
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61890-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61890-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-61889-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 277
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