Vrye Weekblad ("Free Weekly") was a groundbreaking progressive, anti-apartheid Afrikaans national weekly newspaper that was launched in November 1988 , the first edition appearing in February 1989. It was forced to close in February 1994. The paper was driven into bankruptcy by the legal costs of defending its charge that South African police general Lothar Neethling had supplied poison to security police to kill activists.
Started as a result of frustration on the part of Afrikaner journalists who found that the mainstream Afrikaans and English language media lacked the courage to take on the apartheid state. The paper was collectively owned by the founder members, who included editor Max du Preez and journalist Jacques Pauw.
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