Nairobi — In this final of a two-part series, Nation Media Group director GERARD WILKINSON looks at why media firms should transform.
In retrospect, it was a role that, over the years, proved of considerable importance, contributing to the preservation and, indeed, development of many of the country’s democratic institutions. At the same time, the Nation also played a part in achieving the expanded state of press freedom which Kenya exhibits today.
Public engagement and inclusiveness, rather than political entitlement, are at the heart of a healthy democracy. In the end the common good is served by a strong, independent and principled media who, even with their imperfections, facilitate the reporting of developments, the analysis of the facts and the debating of issues, all so significant to Kenya and Kenyans. |…|
Gerard Wilkinson, after a brief academic career, served as a senior executive at the Independent Newspapers, Dublin, Ireland, managing director, Nation Newspapers in Kenya, and head of public affairs at the Aga Khan Secretariat in France. He joined the Nation Group as marketing director in 1971 and was appointed managing director of Nation Newspapers in 1975. He initially served as a board member from 1973 to 1978, returning as a director in 1980 and serving continuously since then.
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