Decolonial Journalism: New Notes on Ubuntu and the Public Interest

Colin Chasi, Ylva Rodny-Gumede

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In this article, we make the case for public interest journalism that advances decolonial societies through the application of the quintessential African moral philosophy of ubuntu. In doing so, we discuss how ubuntu combats colonialism and apartheid to enable individuals to become the most that they can be. In this regard, we see decolonial journalism advancing freedom of expression under conditions that enable truth in the public good to emerge, thus challenging the widely purveyed view that freedom of expression or dissent is alien to the African cultural fabric. Indeed, while holding that decolonial journalism is part of the co-creation of communicative spheres that are marked by freedom, justice and dignity, we acknowledge that a decolonial African journalism is capacious enough to express contending perspectives and to serve goals that empower individuals and communities with truths that enable them to meet their needs in ever-changing circumstances.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1625-1637
Number of pages13
JournalJournalism Studies
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Journalism
  • apartheid
  • colonialism
  • decolonization
  • freedom of expression
  • public good
  • public interest
  • ubuntu

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication


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