Walter Rodney Seminar location:African Studies Center, Boston University date:23 April 2012
In the field of TV news journalism in contemporary Kinshasa, a strong division can be made between pro-government journalism and that criticizing the government. Notwithstanding the antithetical position of journalists in Kinshasa’s political society, still some generalities of the ‘journalistic condition’ in that city can be made. First, reciprocity structures the relationship between journalists and politicians, and shapes the journalists’ professional biographies, their working modalities, and also the aesthetics of their work (‘what news actually is, and how it is broadcast’). A second characteristic is the experience of risk, which evolves from the dependency relationships in which journalists are embedded. In this presentation, I will discuss both aspects in the lives and work of Kinshasa’s TV news journalists.