n Journal for Contemporary History - "Staying within hearing distance" : Max du Preez, Schalk Pienaar and the Afrikaans press in the apartheid era

Volume 30, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



Max du Preez, the abrasive former editor of the , is not known forpulling his punches. This is evident in his memoirs Pale native in which hecastigates the Afrikaans press, especially the editors of the Nasionale Pers for theiralleged lapdog attitude towards the National Party (NP). Du Preez accuses theseeditors of knowingly allowing the government to mislead their readers about theinequities of apartheid. He also holds them responsible for the shock and horrorAfrikaners felt when the real face of the successive apartheid governments wasrevealed before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).

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