INTRODUCTION: In Kenya, Mr. Oginga Odinga, the leader of the disbanded opposition party, the Kenya?
GV & SV INTERIOR Members of the press at luncheon. (3 shots) (MUTE)
SCU Odinga speaking (3 shots)
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: ODINGA: "I regard it as important that the Press should strive to educate the people. It should educate the people about our past, our present, and our possible future. the Press must endeavour to explain the roots of our under-development, and highlight the evils that we the people of Africa have suffered at the hands of imperialism and racialism. By definition, the Press in Africa is not free because, by and large, it is not owned by the people of Africa. But this fact alone must not deter African pressmen from just and objective reporting, from qualitative analysis, and from guiding the minds of the people through the maze of news items. To do this, in spite of the many constraints,m is to practise the freedom of the Press. Thank you very much. Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Kenya, Mr. Oginga Odinga, the leader of the disbanded opposition party, the Kenya People's Union, has called on African journalists to be increasingly aware of their responsibilities. Speaking to Kenyan newsmen at a Press Club meeting in Nairobi on Tuesday (5 April), Mr. Odinga, whose former party was banned said that since independence the government attitude towards the press had been quite liberal.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Odinga criticised the Kenyan press for what he called "self-imposed censorship", questioning its motives and adding that censorship for selfish reasons was not legitimate. He also spoke about the role of the press in education.
Odinga's address follows a conference in Libya last month calling for the establishment of an African and Arab news agency to create closer links between the areas.