Synopses & Reviews
Dateline Soweto documents the working lives of black South African reporters caught between the mistrust of militant blacks, police harrassment, and white editors whofearing government disapprovalmay not print the stories these reporters risk their lives to get. William Finnegan revisited several of these reporters during the May 1994 election and describes their post-apartheid working experience in a new preface and epilogue.
Dateline Soweto follows the working lives of a small group of black South African reporters, brave men and women caught in the crossfire between their communities, the police, and their white editors during the great anti-apartheid uprising of the late 1980s. A new preface and epilogue, reported during the historic 1994 elections, bring the story up to date.
"Documents better than most a particularly complicated and historically significant relationship of journalism to politics."Chandra Mukerji, coeditor of Rethinking Popular Culture
About the Author
William Finnegan is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Crossing the Line: A Year in the Land of Apartheid and A Complicated War: The Harrowing of Mozambique, both published by California.