Raymond Louw is Editor and Publisher of SOUTHERN AFRICA REPORT, a private circulation weekly current affairs newsletter started in 1983 after he left South African Associated Newspapers where he had been general manager after editing its noted anti-apartheid newspaper, the Rand Daily Mail (1966-1977).
He started journalism on the "Mail" -- where he was shot at while riot reporting -- and later worked on newspapers in Sussex, Cumbria and London, England, for six years and on the Sunday Times in Johannesburg.
In the run up to South Africa's first democratic elections in 1994, while chairman of the Freedom of Expression Institute, he was appointed to the Independent Media Commission to ensure state broadcasting and state-financed publications were impartial. He was later appointed to a special Task Group on Government Communications to restructure the apartheid government's propagandist division.
He edited "Four Days in Lusaka -- Whites from 'Home' in talks with the ANC" (1989) and the narrative of "Nelson Mandela Pictorial Biography" by Peter Magubane (1994), was awarded the Pringle Medal for services to journalism by the SA Society of Journalists in 1976 and 1992 and made a Fellow of the International Press Institute.
He participated in a World Press Freedom Committee-IPI plea to the United Nations Human Rights Commission on the need to entrench Press Freedom as a human right (Geneva, Switzerland); he received the World Press Freedom Hero Award in 2012 from the International Press Institute and a Pringle Medal for services to journalism, twice awarded by the South African Society of Journalists; the Media Institute of Southern Africa’s Media Freedom Award; the South African National Editors’ Forum Wrottesley Award; the Mondi-Shanduka Newspaper Lifetime Achiever Award; another Lifetime Achiever Award in the Vodacom journalist of the year awards; the International Press Institute award for Press Freedom Campaigning; Doctor of Literature, honoris causa from the University of Rhodes.