Birth of a Nation: The Story of a Newspaper in Kenya by Gerard Loughran PDF
By Gerard Loughran
Introduced in Nairobi in 1960, 3 years ahead of the delivery of self sufficient Kenya, the country team of newspapers grew up sharing the struggles of an baby kingdom, ache the ache of its disasters and rejoicing in its successes. Marking its fiftieth anniversary in 2010, the kingdom seems again on its functionality because the standard-bearer for journalistic integrity and the way a ways it fell brief or supported the loyalty demanded via its founding slogan "The fact shall make you free." The Aga Khan used to be nonetheless a scholar at Harvard college whilst he determined that a good and self sufficient newspaper will be a vital contribution to East Africa's peaceable transition to democracy. The Sunday state and day-by-day kingdom have been introduced in 1960 whilst independence for Kenya was once no longer a ways over the horizon. They quick verified a name for honesty and fair-mindedness, whereas stunning the colonial and settler institution by means of calling for the discharge of the guy who may perhaps turn into the nation's first top minister, Jomo Kenyatta, and early negotiations for "Uhuru." The background of the "Nation" papers and that of Kenya are heavily intertwined; within the warmth of its printing presses and philosophical struggles, that tale is instructed the following: from devoted beginnings to its place this present day as East Africa's major newspaper crew.
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Nobody else in Kenya was carrying this sort of story and I was convinced they would be winners with an African audience’, Hayes said. ’ But when Hayes and Tebbutt launched their weekly Taifa in 1958, it proved tough going. Hayes recalled: We did not draw any salary for three months and then we tossed up to see who would get paid. We were putting the paper on buses and we never knew if it got there and collecting payment was horrendous. English Press did the printing and our first print order was 10,000 and we got plenty returns.
The legislation also provided that any police officer could seize any book or newspaper if he suspected it was publishing in contravention of the Act, and could make a search without a warrant if he thought delay would defeat the 38 | Birth of a Nation purposes of the Act. In a thundering leader-page article, ‘Why we fight this bill’, the Nation denounced the good-behaviour bond and declared: If taken to its logical conclusion, it could mean that every person capable of speaking is capable of slander and must deposit £500 … it departs from Common Law and from the press laws in free countries … a future attorney-general could increase the bond to £5,000 or even £50,000 and order a police officer to seize an entire edition of any newspaper.
Sir, they are the most villainous, licentious, abominable, infernal … not that I ever read them. No, I make it a rule never to look into a newspaper. B. Sheridan (1751–1816), The Critic When Michael Curtis began visiting Nairobi in 1957, Kenya was pronounced Keen-ya, a musical recreation of the jazz age, The Boy Friend, was playing to white audiences at the National Theatre, and the most important person in the country, the Governor, wore ostrich plumes in his hat to rival the best tribal headdress.
Birth of a Nation: The Story of a Newspaper in Kenya by Gerard Loughran