Nic Dawes is the Deputy Executive Director for Media at Human Rights Watch. He leads the organisation’s digital, multimedia, and external communications. Dawes was previously Chief Content Officer at India’s Hindustan Times, where he was responsible for a far-reaching digital transformation, and Editor-in-Chief at South Africa’s leading political and investigative newspaper, the Mail & Guardian. He is the recipient of Sikuvile, Mondi, Taco Kuiper and National Press Club awards.
As chairperson of the South African National Editor’s Forum, Dawes has been an activist for press freedom and freedom of information in his home country, working to forestall regulatory and legislative efforts to curtail media independence.
He studied Science and later English literature at the University of Cape Town before attending graduate school in the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship.