Raymond Louw – Board Member

Raymond Louw is a veteran journalist, editor, media commentator and media freedom activist.  He was the editor of the Rand Daily Mail from 1966 to 1977 and general manager of SA Associated newspapers (now Times Media Group) from 1977 to 1982.  He published the weekly current affairs newsletter, Southern Africa Report, for 28 years.  Raymond is a Fellow of the International Press Institute, Vice President of South African PEN, member of the SA National Editors´ Forum, the Freedom of Expression Institute and former Chairman of the SA Press Council and Africa representative of the World Press Freedom Committee.  In 1987, he addressed a plea to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva on the need to entrench Press Freedom as a human right. His personal appeal to Cameroon cabinet ministers for clemency for the late Le Messager Editor Pius Njawe, imprisoned in Douala, Cameroon, in 1996, for publishing “false news’’ led to a presidential pardon.  The International Press Institute named him as a World Press Freedom Hero in 2011.  He continues to fight for press freedom and for the freedom of individual journalists.  Raymond has served on the IAJ Board of Directors since 1992