Trevor Vusumuzi Ncube (born 9 September 1962) is a Zimbabwean entrepreneur and newspaper publisher now living in South Africa and publishing in both countries. As an editor and publisher, he was a critical voice in media of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his government.
Ncube was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Ncube holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Economic History from the University of Zimbabwe. He was a teacher at Pumula High School in the early 1980s.
In 2002, Ncube became the owner of the Mail & Guardian He currently publishes South Africa's Mail & Guardian weekly newspaper, part of The Guardian group of newspapers and in Zimbabwe, sister publications The Zimbabwe Independent, The Sunday Standard and NewsDay.
Press Freedom in Zimbabwe
On 10 December 2005, Trevor Ncube had his passport taken away by Mugabe's government, in the first application of restrictive press freedom laws. The passport was later returned after the seizure was exposed to be illegal. The government of Zimbabwe tried again, unsuccessfully, to strip him of his citizenship on the basis that his father was born in Zambia. The attempt was seen by many as an attempt to close his newspapers which are highly critical of the government of Zimbabwe's President Mugabe. Zimbabwean law does not allow foreigners to own newspapers. As a result of the political crisis, journalists fled the country, and Ncube moved to South Africa.
The South African Broadcasting Corporation blacklisted critics of Mugabe and Zimbabwe's government—a list which included Trevor Ncube. The information came out of report from a Pretoria-appointed commission of inquiry. Later, a South African court—the South Gauteng High Court—ruled that Snuki Zikalala, SABC managing director, in overseeing the news operation had acted in the interests of South African President Thabo Mbeki and manipulated news about Zimbabwe, including the silencing of critics.
- 1994—Trevor Ncube was named Zimbabwean Editor of the Year.
- 2008—German Africa Award. The German Africa Foundation presented Ncube for his dedication for press freedom, human rights and democracy in Zimbabwe and the whole of Southern Africa.
- 2012—MISA Press Freedom Award. The Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded Ncube its annual award "for his role in providing Zimbabweans with alternative platforms for critical, alternative views on social, economic and political issues."
- "Trevor Ncube: harnessing the power of publishing". CNN. 2009-09-21. Retrieved 09-25-2012.
- "Meet our board of directors". Mail & Guardian. 2005-11-24. Retrieved 09-25-2012.
- "Oppenheimer Lecture to the IISS by Trevor Ncube". The International Institute For Strategic Studies. Archived from the original on 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2007-10-18.
- "Zim 'undermines press freedom'". News24.com. 2005-12-10.
- "Zim returns Ncube's passport". News24.com. 2005-12-14.
- Rusere, Patience (29 December 2006). "Zimbabwe Publisher Challenges Revocation Of His Citizenship". VOA News (Voice of America). Retrieved 2 January 2009.
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- "Transition to Democracy Proves Difficult for Zimbabwe". Voice of America. 2010-09-21. Retrieved 09-25-2012.
- "Report Says Critics of Harare Blacklisted by South African Broadcasting". 10-01-2009. Retrieved 09-25-2012.
- "SABC manipulated news on Zimbabwe, Court Ruled". Byo24NEWS. 2011-01-28. Retrieved 09-25-2012.
- Van Hoorn, Imke (2008-07-03). "Trevor Ncube wins German African Award". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 09-25-2012.
- Parker, Faranaaz (2012-05-07). "M&G's Ncube honoured for press freedom contribution". Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 09-25-2012.