The eight journalists from the SABC currently facing disciplinary hearings were each awarded the Nat Nakasa Award on Saturday evening during an emotional celebration.
The award is made to individuals working in the broadcast, online or print media who show exceptional integrity and courage in their work.
Jacques Steenkamp, Suna Venter, Foeta Krige, Krivani Pillay, Busisiwe Ntuli, Vuyo Mvoko, Lukhanyo Calata, Thandeka Gqubule were all honoured with the award.
They accepted their awards in tears and carrying white balloons.
Krige and Mvoko could not attend the ceremony.
The eight journalists chose to speak out about their concerns with the public broadcaster's editorial policies under COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
SABC acting political editor, Sophie Mokoena, who was present at the ceremony refused to give comment on the award winners. -News24