‘We Are at a Political Crossroad’: Press and Politics in Rhodesia, 1958–1964
This chapter looks at the fast-changing Rhodesian political environment and how it transformed the African Daily News to a radical newspaper. It argues that the birth of African political parties led to a departure from racial cooperation as espoused by the idea of federation. This departure put the newspaper at a crossroad as it had to make a difficult decision of sticking with the increasingly radical politics by the Europeans. In the end, the newspaper ended up supporting African political parties. Thus politics and the press become radicalised during this era, and this created a conducive for an onslaught against press freedom.