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Surveillance of public spaces and communications in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
by Arsène Tungali
The growth of military-driven surveillance in post-2000 Zimbabwe
by Allen Munoriyarwa
Words and actions: A realistic enquiry into digital surveillance in contemporary Angola
by Rui Verde
Electronic surveillance in Mozambique: The risks and suspicions in a context of authoritarianism and military conflict
by Ernesto Nhanale
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From 2019 onwards, MPDP embarked on a new initiative. We began to produce research and journalism mapping the growth of state surveillance capabilities in selected southern African countries. We formed a network of journalists and communication researchers on surveillance issues in southern Africa, and members of this network work with one another to produce research and journalism on the spread of surveillance technologies and practices in the region.
The dominant news media is often accused of reflecting an ‘elite bias’, privileging and foregrounding the interests of a small segment of society, while ignoring the narratives of the majority. Tell Our Story investigates the problem of disproportionate media representation and offers a hands-on demonstration of listening journalism and research in practice to promote a more active engagement between journalists and local communities. In the process the authors dismiss the idea that some groups are voiceless, arguing that what is often described is a matter of those groups being deliberately ignored.
The authors focus on three communities in South Africa, each presenting with differing but crucial historical, geographical and socio-political ‘characteristics’ of the post-1994 period. Adopting an audience-centred approach, the authors delve into the life and struggle narratives of each community. They expose the divides between the stories as told by the people in the community who have lived experience of these events, and the way in which these stories are understood and shaped by the media. The implications of the media’s routine misrepresentation of the voices of the marginalised and poor for media diversity, media credibility and ethics, media education and training, as well as media research are unpacked and the authors offer a useful set of practical guidelines for journalists on the practice of listening journalism.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Julie Reid is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science at the University of South Africa.
Dale T McKinley is Research and Education Officer for the International Labour, Research and Information Group, and Senior Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Johannesburg.