African Muckraking: 75 Years of Investigative Journalism from Africa

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Anya Schiffrin, George W. Lugalambi
Jacana Media, 2018 M04 10 - 347 pages
African Muckraking is the first collection of investigative and campaigning journalism written by Africans about Africa. The editors delved into the history of modern Africa to find the most important and compelling pieces of journalism on the stories that matter. This collection of 41 pieces of African journalism includes passionate and committed writing on labor abuses, police brutality, women's rights, the struggle for democracy and independence on the continent and other subjects. Each piece of writing is introduced by a noted scholar or journalist who explains the context and why the journalism mattered. Some of the highlights include: Feminist writing from Tunisia into the 1930s, exposÚs of the secret tactics planned by the South African government during apartheid, Richard Mgamba's searing description of the albino brothers in Tanzania who fear for their lives, and the reporting by Liberian journalist Mae Azango on genital cutting, which forced her to go into hiding. Many African Muckrakers have been imprisoned and even killed for their work. African Muckraking is a must-read for anyone who cares about journalism and Africa.

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George William Lugalambi, PhD, is a media development practitioner and researcher based in Kampala, Uganda. He is interested in journalism training and in monitoring and evaluating media programs and interventions. Anya Schiffrin teaches and runs the Technology, Media and Advocacy Program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs in New York. She was the editor of Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from around the World (New Press, 2014).

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