AFRICAN MUCKRAKING: 75 Years of Investigative Journalism from AfricaEdited by Anya Schiffrin with George LugalambiJacana During the final years of apartheid and Jacob Zuma’s term as president, South African citizens learned about the power of investigative journalism. Courageous journalists chasing stories that have the potential to bring down the powerful, plus a society that allows freedom of the press, empower a vital weapon that can bring wrongdoers to book. Such work is of vital importance in countries where powerful people have subverted democracy to do as they please. African journalists, however, receive scant recognition around the world — and on their own continent. Africa has comparatively low media consumption due to the poor standard of education, high levels of illiteracy and poverty. Reporting on rural areas and distributing print products are difficult because of a lack of infrastructure. The high cost of data and low access to electricity militate against the develo...

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