IT is regrettable but typical of the Post Newspaper to have used a leaked letter from the Daily Nation to all permanent secretaries to deliberately misconstrue and misrepresent the correspondence the newspaper wrote to introduce itself and the services it is offering, Richard Sakala has said.
Mr Sakala, who is Daily Nation managing editor, said the newspaper had written a letter to all permanent secretaries including State House to introduce itself, the service it offers as well as to seek advertising.
“The Post continues to get Government adverting in spite of it’s lack of professionalism”.
He said the Daily Nation as a newspaper was selling its products and that Government as the largest consumer of goods and services which include advertising was being approached purely on the principle of matched services.
He said the Daily Nation was proud of its independence, objectivity and balance in its practice of journalism and hence presented it as a reason for support.
Mr Sakala explained that the Daily Nation was offering credit to Government ministries and department, following a ban by the State that no ministry or Government department should get advertising services from Government newspapers on credit.
“It is folly for the Post Newspaper to think that it must have exclusive rights and access to Government services or do business with Government. The Post has been enjoying a lot of business with Government in terms of advertising. For years, the Post has enjoyed good business with Government and the Daily Nation as an emerging newspaper is trying to have Government subscribe and advertise with us. We are the widely circulated newspaper and we offer quality services,” Mr Sakala said.