Eight suspended journalists from the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation, SABC, have been honored with the prestigious Nat Nakasa Award, Saturday, (June, 9).
The award is given out annually by Print Media South Africa, the South African National Editors’ Forum and the Nieman Society in recognition of any media practitioner who has displayed certain qualities such as “integrity and reported fearlessly; displayed commitment to serve the people of South Africa; resisted censorship.” Among other finer traits.
Amongst the awarded journalists were Thandeka Gqubule, Vuyo Mvoko, Lukhanyo Calata, who had been suspended in July by the public broadcaster for speaking out against the SABC’s newly-introduced editorial policy changes and were awaiting disciplinary hearings, according to SABC.
NatNakasa’s award for fearless, brave journalism were given to those who had been suspended or disciplined by Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
Born Nathaniel Ndazana Nakasa, he became better known as Nat Nakasa, a South African journalist and short story writer who died during exile in New York in 1965 at the age of 28.
Nakasa had a brief but dynamic career characterized by his journalistic courage and integrity.
During the 1960s, the press in South Africa wasn’t free. Although voices bellowed in anger during township meetings and shebeens, it was never written in print.