n Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - Committing journalism? A view of the Zimbabwean 2008 General Elections as interpreted by Internet news cartoons




This paper explores some issues of the contested Zimbabwean 2008 Presidential Election as it was represented in one-frame political cartoons published in a selection of Internet news sites in the Zimbabwean diaspora. It argues that the cartoons may constitute the contours of alternative communicative spaces, in which the cartoonists present arguments about the ongoing Zimbabwean crisis. The cartoons may be able to present, in a visual form, issues and processes that are not so easily covered in verbal journalism. The cartoons thus constitute elements of journalistic practice in their own right.


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