Tsopano was the caretaker journal for the Nyasaland African National Congress whose leaders were imprisoned without trial during the state of emergency in March 1959. The journal was founded and published by Peter Mackay and Jimmy Skinner in response to biased and censored press coverage during the Nyasaland Emergency (March 1959 - June 1960).

In his memoir, Mackay writes of the desperate need for a publication that could act as 'a voice for Nyasaland's people, serving their aspirations - proudly - and perhaps contributing to the fulfilment of those aspirations'.

Tsopano issues 1 to 13 (October 1959 - January 1961) have been digitised as part of the University of Stirling's Archives and Special Collections Crowdfunding Project and are available to view online at JSTOR Struggles for Freedom Archive - Tsopano. In addition, production files containing detailed notes, letters to the editor, interviews and articles for each issue of Tsopano are available to view in the archives.

For research enquiries or to arrange an appointment to view any of the materials in the collection, please contact the archives.

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Jimmy Skinner - Tsopano

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