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‘Allister Sparks deserved honorary doctorate for contribution to journalism’

He has been fondly remembered as a journalist who played a significant role in the media industry.

FILE: Veteran journalist Allister Sparks. Picture: Who’s Who.

JOHANNESBURG - Colleagues and friends of veteran journalist Allister Sparks say it's a shame that he was never awarded an honorary doctorate considering his contribution to journalism.

A memorial service was held at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, an organisation he founded in 1992.

Current and former board members joined his family and friends in paying their last respects.

Sparks has been fondly remembered as a journalist who stood apart and played a significant role in the profession and the media industry, particularly at the height of apartheid.

Press ombudsman Joe Thloloe says he will remember Sparks as a delightful friend.

Former SABC radio CEO and friend Govan Reddy says it's appalling that Sparks has never been awarded an honorary doctorate after all his writings.

Friend and former colleague Richard Steyn agrees.

"I think it's an absolute disgrace that Allister was not be honoured academically."

A public memorial will be held at Liliesleaf Farm next week.

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