Original Research

Peace-seeking Afrikaans editors in the apartheid era: Journalistic perspectives in a theological framework

Johannes D. Froneman, Christo J. Lombaard
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 41, No 1 | a2133 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v41i1.2133 | © 2020 Christo J.S. Lombaard | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 July 2020 | Published: 17 December 2020

About the author(s)

Johannes D. Froneman, School of Communication Studies, Faculty of Humanities, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Christo J. Lombaard, Department of Christian Spirituality, School of Humanities, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


n this study, the ethical-journalistic contributions of five apartheid-era Afrikaans language newspaper editors are taken into review: Schalk Pienaar (Die Beeld and Beeld), Willem de Klerk (Die Transvaler and Rapport), Frits Gaum (Die Kerkbode), Doret Jansen (Western Transvaal Record) and Max Du Preez (Vrye Weekblad). Their ethical-journalistic contributions are described, keeping in mind the constraints within which they operated in these five diverse newspapers. Based on Christian historical-theological considerations, evaluative remarks are made, en routeto promoting ethically sound journalism.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: The use of central theological ideas and/or a theological framework to evaluate aspects of societal ethics in the practice of journalism, here more specifically in the history of Afrikaans journalism, is explored.


ethical journalism; Christian evaluation; apartheid-era journalism; Schalk Pienaar; Willem de Klerk; Frits Gaum; Doret Jansen; Max Du Preez


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