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Dr Joseph Nong Thloloe

Mr Joseph Nong Thloloe was one of the founding members of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and played an active role in the anti-pass campaign in 1960 that led to the Sharpeville massacre and resulted in his arrest and detention by the security police for various periods of time. Former managing editor for the Sowetan and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. In 1994 appointed an input editor for the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). He then became the editor-in-chief responsible for television news and current affairs. Served on the Human Rights Commission that investigated racism in the media. Former Press Ombudsman and named the Alan Kirkland Sogal Lifetime Achiever at the eighth annual Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Awards. Former chairman of the South African Editor’s Forum (SANEF) and president to the Union of Black Journalists and Media Workers Association of South Africa. Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law by Rhodes University in 2011. In 2002, he was awarded the Order of the Ikhamanga in Silver for his contribution to the liberation struggle, literary writing, journalism and the media in general.