Ferial Haffajee is a South African editor and journalist. She is currently associate editor at the Daily Maverick. Previously, Ferial was editor-in-chief at the Mail&Guardian and City Press, where teams working with her won numerous investigative journalism awards.
A regular analyst and commentator on radio, television and elsewhere, Ferial is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a member of the Africa Leadership Institute fellowship. She is on the board of the Open Society’s Programme for Independent Journalism. She has won numerous awards for journalism and for her support of media freedom including a Committee for the Projection of Journalism’s International Press Freedom Hero award in 2015 and the Naspers Phil Weber award in 2013 – the global company’s highest internal honour.
Previously, Ferial was chairperson of the South African National Editors Forum and chairperson of the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards. She has served on the boards of the World Editors Forum and the Global Editors Network. She has published a best-selling book called “What if there were no whites in South Africa” and in 2017 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Free State for her journalism.