Raymond Louw is Editor and Publisher of SOUTHERN AFRICA REPORT, a private
circulation weekly current
affairs newsletter started in 1983 after he left South African Associated Newspapers where
he had been general manager after editing its noted anti-apartheid newspaper, the Rand
Daily Mail (1966-1977).
He started journalism on the "Mail" -- where he was shot at while riot
reporting -- and later worked on
newspapers in Sussex, Cumbria and London, England, for six years and on the Sunday Times
In the run up to South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994, while chairman of
the Freedom of Expression Institute, he was appointed to the Independent Media Commission
to ensure state broadcasting and state-financed publications were impartial. He was later
appointed to a special Task Group on Government Communications to restructure the
apartheid government's propagandist division.
During the apartheid era he headed the Media Defence Trust set up to defend
journalists, publications, film and video producers, broadcasters and authors against
court actions or other censorship practices. He also took part in media industry
deputations to government ministers to protest restrictive press legislation and
practices. He participated in special media freedom missions internationally, headed
campaigns for independent broadcasting and continues to be involved in journalism
He edited "Four Days in Lusaka -- Whites from 'Home' in talks with the ANC"
(1989) and the narrative of
"Nelson Mandela Pictorial Biography" by Peter Magubane (1994), was awarded the
Pringle Medal for services to journalism by the SA Society of Journalists in 1976 and 1992
and made a Fellow of the International Press Institute.
Participated in a World Press Freedom Committee-IPI plea to the United Nations Human
Rights Commission on the need to entrench Press Freedom as a human right (Geneva,