Jan Poolman, 61
NAMIBIAN JOURNALIST Jan Poolman died Tuesday, November 3. He was 61.
Poolman was former editor of Republikein and the Namibian Sun. He also worked for the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation, Tempo, New Era, and The Namibian. Prior to his death, he was with Informanté.
“His work remains synonymous with media in general as he worked for almost every major broadcaster and newspaper in the country,” wrote Nghidipo Nangolo in his “Tribute to Jan Poolman” (Informanté , Nov. 5, 2015).
“He was an amazing person and he had a rare quality and skill. He had political connections like no person and he was trusted by politicians. We will dearly miss him,” said political journalist and former editor Estelle de Bruyn (“Veteran journalist Jan Poolman dies,” The Namibian, Nov. 5, 2015).
He is survived by his wife and three children.
Ved Bhasin, 86
Indian veteran journalist Ved Bhasin died Thursday, November 5. He was 86.
Bhasin, who was justice, peace and human rights advocate, was the Founding Editor and Chairman of Kashmir Times Group of Publications. He served as editor of the Kashmir Times from 1964 to 2000.
He started his career with Naya Samja in 1952. His career spanning seven decades included his editorship of various papers. He was also involved with several social and cultural organizations including the Pakistan-India Forum for Peace and Democracy of which he was a founding member.
“He will be always remembered for institutionalization of journalism in Jammu Kashmir and fearlessly upholding the freedom of press,” wrote Dr. Fayaz Ahmad Bhat in his tribute “Ved Bhasin: Adieu, To a Legend” (CounterCurrents.org, Nov. 9, 2015). “The space and vacuum created by the departure of Ved Bhasin is not difficult to fill but impossible to satisfy,” he added.
“His death is a huge loss for the journalistic and intellectual fraternity,” said National Conference State Vice President Kashmira Singh (“Ved Bhasin’s demise widely condoled,” Greater Kashmir, Nov. 8, 2015).
He is survived by his two daughters, Anju and Anuradha Bhasin.