THE chairperson of the Zimbabwe Independent Publishers and Standard Press, Trevor Ncube, has won the prestigious German Africa Award 2008 for his courageous fight for human rights, press freedom and democracy in Zimbabwe.
Ncube, the proprietor of the Zimbabwe Independent and Standard newspapers, was named the winner of the award in Berlin this week.
The veteran journalist is the President of the Newspaper Association of South Africa and chairperson of the weekly Mail & Guardian in that country.
Announcing Ncube as the winner of the award, German Ambassador to South Africa Dieter Walter Haller said the founding editor of the Zimbabwe Independent was one of the essential pillars in the fight to attain free and democratic societies in Africa.
â€œTrevor Ncube receives the German Africa Award 2008 as an appreciation for his long-time engagement for freedom, human rights, and democracy in Zimbabwe and Africa as well as for independent journalism as an essential pillar of free press and democratic societies,â€ Haller said.
The president of the German Africa Foundation, Karl Heinz Hornhues, the owners of the award, described Ncube as a strong African figure who fights for what he believes in without fear or favour.
â€œTrevor Ncube is a strong and courageous African voice of freedom who speaks loud and never capitulates to political pressure, intimidation, and violence of the regime in Zimbabwe,â€ Hornhues said.
â€œHe is a positive example for all journalists, Zimbabweans, and Africans who believe in freedom and democracy.â€
The award will be presented to Ncube on October 17.
Yesterday, Ncube said: â€œI am humbled and honoured that the German Africa Foundation has awarded me this prestigious continental award. Previous recipients such as Trevor Manuel and Alpha Konare are distinguished African citizens and I am delighted to be in their esteemed company.
â€œI am eternally indebted to the many independent journalists and civil society activists in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa who risk so much for the cause of democracy and human rights. I dedicate this award to them. They are my source of encouragement and they fuel my hope that Africa is still to witness its better days. I give glory to the Almighty Lord for this blessing.â€ â€” Staff Writer.