Anna Majavu is the Pacific Media Watch freedom project contributing editor for 2014.
She is an MPhil journalism student in the School of Communication Studies attached to AUT's Pacific Media Centre. She studied undergraduate journalism at the Durban University of Technology in South Africa in the 1990s and since then has worked as a journalist, subeditor, researcher, advocacy officer, legal advisor and publicist for organisations such as the South African Municipal Workers Union, South Durban Community Environmental Alliance and Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce,
Majavu's most recent fulltime journalist position was as the Sowetan newspaper's parliamentary correspondent in South Africa, between 2008 and 2011, where she broke many front page stories.
She also won a writing fellowship from Panos news agency in London, focusing on the struggle of oppressed South African women to own their own homes. Majavu has also been published in The Guardian and Sydsvenskan (Sweden).
During 2013, she was a regular contributor to Pacific Scoop and the South African Civil Society Information Service.
Majavu was born in Zimbabwe to Kiwi-Scottish parents and grew up in South Africa before moving to New Zealand in 2011. She currently works part-time in the Auckland office of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance - the Australasian union for journalists, actors, film crew and musicians.
Majavu is new to the Pacific region, but has taken a keen interest in issues such as press freedom, anti-racism and the involvement of multinational corporations in the oppression of indigenous Pacific citizens.
Anna Majavu's stories on PMC Online
Anna Majavu's stories on Pacific Scoop