Affront to press freedom
Over the years, theStandard Group’s media outlets — The Standard, KTN, Radio Maisha and The County Weekly —have kept their style of bold, authoritative and fair reporting. It has pursued issues of public interest with zeal and remained the voice of the voiceless.
In 2005, the Standard Group offices were raided by balaclava-clad police agents who disabled KTN, cannibalized the printing press and assaulted staffbeforeburning the next day’s newspaper that was rolling off the press.
This was clearly an affront on press freedom and the national and international outrage was instant and furious even as the then Minister for Internal Security, John Michuki, said the strike was pre-emptive to stop the publication of a story that would have compromised State security, a position that was clearlynot the case. To-date, the world is yet to be told why the Group was raided.
The Standard Group today publishes The Standard, TheStandard On Saturday, TheStandard On Sunday and TheCounty Weekly.
Besides KTN, theGroup also runs the Kiswahili radio stationRadio Maisha.
The Standard Group boasts of excellence in all spheres of media and has helped shape the country’s human resource capacity in terms of the careers of many journalists. Many who honed their talents at the Standard Group media outlets now hold prominent positions in various media houses, in government and the corporate world.
From its humble beginnings in Mombasa, the Standard Group has also grown to become a centre of excellence whose coverage of events has helped shape the country’s destiny.
We have given our pledge to our readers, viewers and listeners to continue being objective, bold and authoritative in our coverage.