n Communicare : Journal for Communication Sciences in Southern Africa - Editorial




This special issue of focuses on mediating the Zimbabwe crisis. Since the beginning of 2000, what has come to be generally referred to as the 'Zimbabwe crisis', has given Zimbabwe immense global media attention as one of the 'flashpoints' of turmoil on the African continent, alongside countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Somalia and Eritrea. While academics of different hues have spared no time in trying to map out the nature, causes and ramifications of the crisis, little has been done to analyse the cultural and symbolic representations of this crisis in its multiple forms, both in the domestic and global media. This special issue comprises a selection of papers presented at a multi-disciplinary conference, , held at the University of the Witwatersrand in July 2009. This conference had a special panel on mediating the crisis, where some very exciting papers focused specifically on the various ways in which ordinary Zimbabweans, taking advantage of what Ithiel de Sola Pool (1984) termed 'technologies of freedom', devised innovative ways of producing and disseminating counter-hegemonic narratives in what had become a severely restricted communicative environment.


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