Legendary The Citizen editor Johnny Johnson had many flaws but few critics could fault his news sense. Among those who sang his praises as a newsman were Nelson Mandela and Helen Suzman. Johnson was not well on August 29, 1997. Uncharacteristically for a workaholic, he took time off. We didn’t expect to see him for days. But news intervened. On the Saturday evening, a Mercedes carrying Princess Diana crashed in Paris. She died on Sunday. Johnson left his sick bed to take hands-on charge of the Diana coverage. That meant reading through every hard-copy royal story and scrutinising every photograph…





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