ALPHA Media Holdings (AMH) chairman Trevor Ncube recently received the Peace Dove Award from the German embassy in South Africa in recognition of his fight for human rights.
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Ncube, who is also executive deputy chairman of the Mail&Guardian (South Africa), is a widely respected journalist, speaker and businessman.
The award was handed over to Ncube at his Mail&Guardian newspaper offices in Johannesburg by German Ambassador Horst Freitag.
Previous recipients of the award are internationally-renowned personalities linked to human rights such as Pope Benedict XVI, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Ncube, Germany said, “epitomises the values of independent journalism and of speaking the truth”.
He has written extensively on South African and Zimbabwean politics and, among many other capacities, was president of Print Media South Africa and chair of the Newspaper Association of South Africa.
He served on the international board of the World Association of Newspapers.
He is currently the co-chairman of the Nairobi-based African Media Initiative
He was awarded the International Publishers’ Association Freedom Prize Award 2007 and won the prestigious German Africa Award in 2008.
In 2010, Ncube was bestowed the Nation Media Group (Kenya) Life Achievement Award for his work in media on the continent.
Early this year, he was a recipient of the Media Institute of Southern Africa Press Freedom Award for his role in providing Zimbabweans with alternative platforms for critical, alternative views on social, economic and political issues.
The Peace Dove Project was initiated by German artist Richard Hillinger to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In 2008, Hillinger created 30 live-sized peace dove sculptures, each one standing for one article in the declaration.
The sculptures are also referred to as the “Zenger Doves” to commemorate Johann Peter Zenger (1697-1748), a German-American journalist and champion of Press freedom.
The mission of the sculptures is to be sent on a journey reminding people all over the world of the importance of human rights in general and freedom of the Press in particular.
Usually, the recipient decides to where the journey of the peace dove should continue.