Three decades of controversial, opinionated and pro-South African journalism by Max Du Preez was recognised in Johannesburg on Saturday when the South African National Editor's Forum and the Nieman Society awarded him the prestigious Nat Nakasa Award for fearless writing, according to a report on

The award is in memory of the Drum magazine writer Nat Nakasa whose outspoken writing in the early 1960's riled apartheid South Africa and who died in exile in New York.

In accepting the award, Du Preez said it was an honour to be associated with Nakasa.

He made an appeal to media owners and publishers "in these special times" politically in South Africa to make resources available for editors and reporters to do their jobs better.

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