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Julian Rademeyer

Southern Africa Editor at AfricaCheck.org and Investigative Journalist


Julian Rademeyer is an award-winning investigative journalist and editor of the fact-checking and news website Africa Check. He has written and worked for many of South Africa’s leading newspapers including City Press, Beeld, the Sunday Times, Pretoria News and The Herald. He has been a stringer for Reuters and freelanced for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Associated Press.

Until he resigned to write Killing for Profit, he was chief reporter for Media24 Investigations. In a career spanning two decades, he has reported from some of the world’s most troubled countries including Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Niger, Togo, Belarus, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon.

In 2005 he won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for print news. He was a recipient of the 2009 Mondi Shanduka Newspaper Award for hard news. He has twice been a finalist for the Taco Kuiper Award, South Africa’s leading investigative journalism prize. His work has also been published in Troublemakers: The Best of South Africa’s Investigative Journalism.

Killing for Profit was shortlisted for the 2013 Alan Paton Award, South Africa’s most prestigious literary prize for non-fiction.


Rademeyer, J. (2012), ‘Killing for profit: Exposing the Illegal Rhino Horn Trade.’ Zebra Press: Cape Town