Journalist Profile

Jacques Pauw

Jacques Pauw, South Africa, was a founding member and assistant editor of Vrye Weekblad, the first Afrikaans language anti-apartheid newspaper that became one of the most persecuted and prosecuted newspapers in South African history.

Pauw, a journalist since 1984, spent five years investigating state-sponsored death squads, and his reporting contributed to the prosecution of the death squads’ commander. He was the 2001 ICIJ award winner for The Bishop of Shyogwe, a TV documentary that exposed the secret hideout of Samuel Musabyimana, an Anglican bishop wanted on genocide charges in Rwanda. Pauw has received several other national and international awards, including CNN’s African Journalist of the Year in 1999 and 2000 and Italy’s Ilaria Alpi television award in 2000.

A native of Pretoria, Pauw has written three books: In the Heart of the Whore: The Story of Apartheid’s Death Squads, published in 1991, Into the Heart of Darkness: The Story of Apartheid’s Killers, published in 1997, and Dances with Devils: a Journalist's Search for Truth, published in 2007.

He is the executive producer of Special Assignment, a current affairs program on SABC.

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