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'Nation' Public Editor being ignored

'Nation' Public Editor being ignored

A guest reads the Daily Nation Newspaper during the second edition of the SMEs Conference and Expo at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi on March 18, 2021.

Photo credit: Sila Kiplagat | Nation Media Group

I read your scorecard and can comfortably say you were not far from being absolutely right. In some cases, however, I have a feeling they disregard you and your readers.

The Phantom cartoon strip is completely racist, and demeaning to Africans, and should have been done away with the moment you wrote about it (“‘Nation’ comic strip ‘The Phantom’ subtly racist, bad news for children”—Daily Nation, July 9, 2021).

While we are at it, I find no good reason why you repeat the same “Beetle Bailey” cartoon that appears on weekdays while you continue to ignore what is in your archives, including “Chicken and Chips” or “Inspector Danger Investigates” strip, which were popular in the Sunday Nation.

— Edwin Rutere Mutuanga

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I enjoyed your candid piece (“This is my report card, please send you grading for full team report” — Daily Nation, Dec. 31, 2021). Indeed, mostly we, the readers, are hardly given a sporting chance to give feedback.

I am inclined to wonder from your headline whether you meant a full term report or team report. I stand guided.

— Debarl Inea

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I am in agreement with your views. I will only briefly touch on the “super writers” bit. If a super writer keeps on trying, it is hard to be phased out totally. But we welcome views from the other writers who have been writing good articles.

Yes, some of the super writers have been edged out. However, a bit of positive discrimination to encourage upcoming writers is in order.

— Githuku Mungai

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Ignoring own stories

I refer to “Court battles offered rare peek into departed tycoons’ wealth” by Joseph Wangui (Daily Nation, Dec. 31, 2021), which extensively covers how families of wealthy businessmen and politicians wash their dirty linen in public.

Conspicuously missing from the story is the Popat family (See your Dec. 20 story, “Popat son wants mother jailed for defying court orders”). This was an ideal opportunity for your reporter to repeat the Popat family story but it seems it was deliberately ignored.

— Zoeb Tayebjee