G D Robert Govender, an Indian-origin journalist in South Africa, has been honored with 2019 V K Krishna Menon award in the UK for his outstanding contribution as a pioneer of decolonized journalism. The South African-born journalist was awarded posthumously during an event here on Friday to mark the 123rd birth anniversary of Indian diplomat and politician V K Krishna Menon.He became the first person to be awarded posthumously.
He was born in South Africa in August 1930.During a career spanning nearly 60 years in journalism, Govender developed a reputation as a campaigning journalist and author and was also the first journalist to call for an international boycott of whites-only sports teams of South Africa.
His books include ‘The Martyrdom of Patrice Lumumba’ which had exposed the role of Western intelligence agencies in the murder of the Congolese independence leader.He breathed his last in London,UK in 2006.
Menon served as India’s first High Commissioner to London in Britain,UK and also served as Defence Minister of India from April 1957 to October 1962.He holds the record for holding 8 hours longest speech before UNSC ( United Nations Security Council) while defending India”s soverignity over Kashmir.