Khadija Patel

Khadija Patel pushes words on street corners. She is the editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian, a co-founder of the The Daily Vox and vice chairperson of the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI). As a journalist she has produced work for Sky News, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, Quartz, City Press and the Daily Maverick, among others. She is also a research associate at WISER (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Witwatersrand) and has previously worked in community media. In 2017, she was among 11 people from across Africa and the diaspora who were awarded the inaugural Africa #NoFilter fellowship from the Ford Foundation and in 2018, she was awarded honorary membership of the Golden Key Society. She is passionate about the protection and enhancement of global media as a public good.


Motherhood, and the intricate balances of our being children to women while sometimes being women ourselves, is fraught with complexities

The future of news: A conversation with Google

Video is the future of news, but tech giants and publishers must work together to ensure the value of journalism in a free society isn’t squandered

Saudis back Qatar into a corner

The Gulf state is out in the cold as a regional power battle plays out

But is it halaal? A Muslim’s dilemma

Navigating the contradictions of Muslim food culture in Johannesburg.

Deconstructing ‘white monopoly capital’

‘White monopoly capital’ is trotted out at whim. But we should beware hidden agendas

​Long may these fires burn

We must continue to rise up with purpose, not just in anger, in our desire to create a just society.

A peer’s sobering Brexit insights

Baroness Sayeeda Warsi says the seismic shifts in voting patterns in the UK and the US point to a yearning to be heard.

Let’s restore M&G’s start-up vigour

The Mail and Guardian's new editor introduces herself and her vision

Seven months of dodging Thuli leaves JZ cornered

A transcript of President Jacob Zuma’s interview with the former public protector shows that Zuma’s legal adviser argued that Zuma was a busy man.

I wear a headscarf and I don’t need to be saved from anything — except white feminism

The obsession with uncovering Muslim women isn't empowering. It's denying our agency.

South Africa and Nigeria spar over xenophobic violence

SA condemns the withdrawing of envoys by Nigeria and says it did not blame Nigeria for poorly handling the aftermath of the church collapse in 2014.

A death and life experience

Preparing a body for burial brings a unique nearness to God, writes Khadija Patel.

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