The Daily Nation

Director: Joop van Wijk
Country: Netherlands
Year: 1999
Running Time: 70 mins.
Language: English


Kenya is a developing country, where society is permeated by corruption at all levels. The story of the English-language newspaper The Daily Nation therefore primarily deals with the struggle to remain objective and independent. Every day, the dedicated staff of managers and journalists, as well as the mostly poor street vendors provide the Kenyan population with a continuous flow of information about their own environment, which in passing reminds them time and again of the importance of an independent press. ‘Everything revolves around what the people are interested in, even that lady with the dog… and what that white man was doing over there’, as a news vendor puts it. The film offers a kaleidoscopic view of reality in present-day Kenya.

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