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Benjamin Pogrund
Benjamin Pogrund (born 1934) is a South African-born author currently living in Israel. Brought up in Cape Town, he began a career as a journalist in 1958, writing for the Rand Daily Mail in Johannesburg, where he eventually became deputy-editor. This was the only newspaper at that time to report on events in black townships. In the course of his work he came to know major players in the Apartheid struggle and gained the confidence of leaders such as Nelson Mandela. Pogrund's reporting of police conduct in the Sharpeville massacre in 1960 was considered a breakthrough. During his career reporting on Apartheid in South Africa he was put on trial several times, put in prison once, had is passport revoked and was investigated as a threat to the state by security police. When the Rand Daily Mail ceased publication in 1985, Pogrund left for London in 1986. There he was chief foreign sub-editor of The Independent in London. Benjamin Pogrund is the author of How Can Man Die Better: The Life of Robert Sobukwe.


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