By Gerard Loughran
Launched in Nairobi in 1960, 3 years sooner than the beginning of autonomous Kenya, the Nation workforce of newspapers grew up sharing the struggles of an little one state, pain the ache of its disasters and rejoicing in its successes. Marking its fiftieth anniversary in 2010, the country appears to be like again on its functionality because the standard-bearer for journalistic integrity and the way a ways it fell brief or supported the loyalty demanded by way of its founding slogan ""The fact shall make you free.""
The Aga Khan was once nonetheless a scholar at Harvard college while he determined that a good and self sufficient newspaper will be a vital contribution to East Africa's peaceable transition to democracy. The Sunday Nation and Daily Nation have been introduced in 1960 whilst independence for Kenya used to be now not a long way over the horizon. They fast proven a name for honesty and fair-mindedness, whereas surprising the colonial and settler institution through calling for the discharge of the guy who may perhaps turn into the nation's first major minister, Jomo Kenyatta, and early negotiations for ""Uhuru.""
The historical past of the ""Nation"" papers and that of Kenya are heavily intertwined; within the warmth of its printing presses and philosophical struggles, that tale is advised the following: from devoted beginnings to its place this present day as East Africa's major newspaper group.
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Volkswagen Beetles and French Peugeots parked in neat diagonal rows and the city’s roads were immaculately tarmacked. A statue of pioneer settler Lord Delamere stood at the head of Nairobi’s main street, which bore his name, the through highway was named after the English queen Elizabeth II and the leading hospital after her sister, Princess Margaret. This was a rigidly stratified society, with a small, white governing class at the top, the trading Asian community in the middle and a vast majority of powerless Africans at the base.
But when it came to African nationalism, Kinnear seemed to believe the less said the better. 5 ‘The most that the Standard would publish was that somebody had been arrested for forcible oathing. Cattle had been hamstrung near Nanyuki but they wrote nothing about it. ’ In 1956, Kinnear was succeeded by his deputy, Lieutenant Colonel Kenneth Bolton, who was directed by his board to ‘ensure fair and adequate apportioning of the news columns to all communities and to interpret the policies of each to the other’.
Scarcely a day passed without the two exchanging telegrams, letters, tapes, telephone calls or Telexes. ’ The modes of communication reflected the young leader’s life-long interest in technology. When he did not write by fountain pen in an elegant forward-sloping hand (‘My dear Michael … as ever, K’) he liked to use audio discs. These were less than saucer size and played on a gramophone. Later he sent what were known as ‘dictabelts’, announcing happily, ‘This letter has been dictated on my new Dictaphone.