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Julian RademeyerJulian Rademeyer is an award-winning investigative journalist.  In a twenty-year career, he wrote for several leading South African and international newspapers and agencies including City Press, the Sunday Times,  Mail & Guardian, Pretoria News, The Herald,  Beeld, Reuters, the Sydney Morning Herald and Departures magazine.

He was a founding editor of the political fact-checking and news website, Africa Check, and a senior research fellow working on issues of organised crime and wildlife crime for the Geneva-based Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime. He is currently a Project Leader with TRAFFIC – the international wildlife trade monitoring network.

His work on rhino poaching and wildlife crime has been featured on  CNN, BBC, ABC, Al Jazeera, PBS and Sky News and in a number of international documentaries including Al Jazeera’s Poachers’ PipelineTom Hardy’s Poaching Wars, ABC Nightline’s Black Market Ivory, ZDF’s Ausverkauf der Menschenaffen, eNews Channel Africa’s Busting the illegal rhino horn trade and  Fox Crime’s Rhino Wars. He is a frequent commentator on wildlife crime and poaching-related issues and has been quoted by leading news publications including the Guardian, Economist, Financial Times and LA Times.   

Rademeyer, who gave up his job as chief reporter for Media24 Investigations to write Killing for Profit,  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 was awarded the 2014 Marjan-Marsh award for his work.

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