Nation denies suspending journalist for criticizing Uhuru
07 January 2016, 18:06
Nairobi - Nation Media Group has denied suspending an editor for criticizing President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Dennis Galava, the Managing Editor Special Projects has been sent home for writing a critical letter to the President in an editorial feature Saturday 2 January 2015.
NMG Editorial Director Tom Mshindi in a communique said Galava had written the critical piece without full consultation.
" We have asked Dennis Galava, the Managing Editor for Special Projects, to take some time off to allow us to review the circumstances of the writing and filing the editorial for Saturday Nation, January 2, 2016,” read the memo to staff members seen by News24.
But in a rejoinder Thursday after continued social media ridicule, Mshindi tried his best to explain the situation.
" No editor was suspended for criticizing President Uhuru Kenyatta. If we punished our journalists for criticizing powerful people, you would never trust us the way you do. Indeed, even today, we continue to take critical but informed positions.
" An editor has been asked to take some time off so that we can discuss how he handled an important and delicate assignment. The Nation is free and independent. We protect our journalists so that they can go and get the truth for you.
" Our editors are the freest on the continent. But from them we demand very high standards of conduct and professionalism. Our editorial decisions are taken in the open and everyone is free and encouraged to challenge and contribute to them. That is why you will see the loudest critics of our own decisions are Nation journalists.
" We call this our process and it is our guarantee of integrity and quality. Editorial decisions are not dictated by politicians or some faceless individuals in backrooms, they are taken by the journalists themselves and always in the interest — not of ourselves — but of our readers as articulated in our editorial policy.
" To protect that, if the conduct of any of us appears to undermine the open and transparent way we work, we always act and act quickly. Please continue the debate and you are welcome to engage the Public Editor and individual editors as well.
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