Anton Harber was founder-editor of the anti-apartheid newspaper the Weekly Mail (now the Mail & Guardian). He is now Caxton Professor of Journalism at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, chair of the Freedom of Expression Institute and writes a weekly column in Business Day.
He is convenor of judges for South Africa’s biggest journalism prize, the Taco Kuiper Investigative Journalism Awards and Grants. Harber’s books include Diepsloot (Jonathan Ball, 2011), winner of the Recht Malan Prize, and The Gorilla in the Room (Mampoer Shorts, 2013).
Harber co-edited the first two editions of The A–Z of South African Politics (Penguin, 1994/6), What is Left Unsaid: Reporting the South African HIV Epidemic (Jacana, 2010), Troublemakers: The best of SA’s investigative journalism (Jacana, 2010) and contributed to the forthcoming Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Journalism from Around the World (New Press, 2014).
As a candidate for the new board in GIJN, he says:
My aim at GIJN is to grow the African participation and voice in this global forum and to mobilise the support of colleagues around the world for African journalists fighting to make space for their investigative work under what are often difficult conditions.
In Johannesburg, we host the annual Power Reporting: the African Investigative Journalism Conference and I hope to develop this as part of the network.