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Afrokology and the Right to Communicate in Africa

A Research Paper by viola c. milton and Winston Mano, published by Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture

This article argues for a reconstruction of communication rights theories from an African episteme and experience. It reviews the impact of key national, continental and international legal instruments as they pertain to communication rights in Africa, with a specific focus on South Africa and Zimbabwe. Using an Afrokological heuristic tool, it critically evaluates how the key legal instruments underpinning the right to communicate are developed and encountered in lived experience in decolonising Southern African contexts. We argue that an Afrokological orientation built on epistemological interconnectedness and conviviality may lead to insights otherwise not accessible. It can help awaken a new relational accountability that promotes respectful representation, reciprocity, and rights in communication policy processes in line with the lived experiences of those it is meant to benefit.

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Winston Mano


I am Director of the Africa Media Centre at the University of Westminster as well as Reader and Course Leader of the MA in Media and Development. I am also the Principal Editor of the Journal of African Media Studies published by Intellect Ltd. I joined the University of Westminster’s Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) from the University of Zimbabwe in 2000. I studied in Zimbabwe, Norway and Britain.


31 March 2021
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Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture
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