Diasporic Online Radio and the Mediation of Zimbabwean Conflict/Crisis

  • Bhekinkosi Jakobe NcubeEmail author


The chapter interrogates the journalistic practices of online diasporic media and how those practices shape the reporting of and impacts on the Zimbabwean conflict and its resolution. Much of the study on Zimbabwe’s crisis/conflict has focused on big media—both public and private—on how they have inflamed or reported the conflict and diasporic media in terms of nostalgic purposes by migrants. Using the digital public sphere theory and the models of alternative journalism, this chapter takes a different turn and interrogates how diasporic media, in this case online ‘community’ radio, is used in the mediation and resolution of conflict. Using Radio Mthwakazi as a case, this chapter reveals that even the subaltern can have a voice in the resolution of the conflict of their country.


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  1. 1.University of JohannesburgJohannesburgSouth Africa

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