Dateline Soweto: Travels with Black South African Reporters

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University of California Press, Jul 12, 1995 - History - 262 pages
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Dateline Soweto documents the working lives of black South African reporters caught between the mistrust of militant blacks, police harrassment, and white editors who—fearing government disapproval—may not print the stories these reporters risk their lives to get. William Finnegan revisited several of these reporters during the May 1994 election and describes their post-apartheid working experience in a new preface and epilogue.
 

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Contents

In KwaNdebele
1
The Apartheid Press
21
Gunfire and Jingles
37
The Ghetto
53
In Katlehong
59
A Strenuous Profession
71
Just Jon
79
The Whiteness of the Star
103
We Are Black Before We Are Journalists
129
Abiding the Umlungu
151
State of Emergency
165
They Are Playing Marbles with Our Country
185
Kidnappings Bombs and Dog Shows
197
Back to KwaNdebele
213
Epilogue to the 1995 Edition
235
Index
253

At the End of the Day a Slippered Gentleman
121

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About the author (1995)

William Finnegan is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid and A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique, both published by California.

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