oa Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - The new South Africa and international news flow: is it new or is it much of the same story?



The democratization developments in Africa during the 1990s (and not the least in South Africa) offered new opportunities for researchers in the field of news flow studies. Since the 1950s, a number of studies have been undertaken internationally, but relatively few comparative studies were done in Africa since 1990. The end of the Cold War and the fall of the Berlin Wall demand not only new cartographic and conceptual maps, but also new news media maps, especially of Africa. In this article, a broad question is posed: ""How does South African mass media portray South Africa and the rest of the world in the 1990s through the process of international news coverage?


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