Jeanette Minnie, a South African prominent media rights activist who campaigned tirelessly for the removal of censorship laws in South Africa, died of cancer on Wednesday, several media bodies based in Southern Africa said.
She was 61, and was also known as Zambezi FoX.
She was educated at the University of South Africa, her Linkedin page said.
Minnie will also be remembered vividly for her sterling work on the independence and diversity of the media and access to information.
The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI), an NGO based in Johannesburg where Minnie worked as its first executive director from 1994 to 1997, said it extended its heartfelt condolences to her family and friends.
“She was an extraordinary friend and colleague, indefatigable, loving and caring. We will miss her, her good works and always charming and cheerful company,” Raymond Louw, FXI executive committee member, said in a statement.
The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) also released a statement, saying the activist will be remembered with great fondness and respect by all who met her and interacted with her.
Minnie recently co-edited MISA’s hardcopy and online newspaper called the African Free Press on the state of media freedom and diversity in sub-Saharan Africa 25 years after the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration.
Photo: Jeanette Minnie