This week’s selection is His Highness the Aga Khan’s 2005 Address to the International Press Institute, 54th General Assembly, in Nairobi Kenya. An adapted version of the speech was printed under the title Closing Africa’s journalism deficit in the Jerusalem Post, the Jordan Times and Pakistan’s Daily Times.

In this insightful speech, the Aga Khan discusses “the adequacy of journalistic knowledge in an increasingly complicated world” suggesting that “journalists must move beyond a primarily adversarial relationship with those they write about.” In particular, he notes that “if the dominating assumption of media is that the rest of society is up to no good, that the best journalism is what many call ‘gotcha’ journalism, then the media will forfeit a more constructive and nobler role.” The Aga Khan then highlights challenges facing African journalism and suggests some solutions to these.

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His Highness the Aga Khan’s 2005 Address to the International Press Institute, 54th General Assembly (Nairobi, Kenya; republished in Israel, Jordan, Pakistan)

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