n Critical Arts : A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies - Intellectuals under fire

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-0046



Extracted from text ... 163 Intellectuals Under Fire Jonathan Jansen+ The nation is awash in 'ten years of democracy' celebrations and, perhaps predictably in an election year, the ruling party has ensured that the enormous accomplishments of 'the rainbow people of God' cover all fronts and are attributed to this act of covering that conceals the disturbing ferment percolating wildly just below the thin surface membrane of our young democracy. I speak of the unprecedented attacks on intellectuals, the widespread self-censorship among the black elite, the quiet but effective ways of silencing dissent - and the uncritical reflections on what this might mean ..

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