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Today a new chapter begins in the history of The Nassau Guardian.  On our 167th birthday we present to you a renewed articulation of this esteemed publication.

Over those 167 years we witnessed the transformation of The Bahamas.  At the time of our first publication Saturday, November 23, 1844, discussions were vigorous as to the role of Blacks in the Americas.  Today, in an independent democracy, and after years of struggle and social and political evolution, the topics of concern are different.

Many Bahamians are worried about their economic well-beings as the global economy moves closer towards recession; others are concerned about the high rate of crime in this once peaceful island chain; others worry about the poor state of public education.  These are serious times for our people.

Bahamians want a better Bahamas today just as the residents of that British colony so many years ago wanted better for their community.

Though newspapers chronicle these debates about the future and the concerns about the present, we think their role is more significant.

The fourth estate should hold as its objective the pursuit of truth, accountability and fairness.  Newspapers must also fight to hold public officials to account and to ensure that other powerful interests do not exercise the power they possess to the detriment of the weak and vulnerable.

For this to occur a paper must stand independent, at arm’s-length from the political process.  It should not be aligned to any party or government.

Those media companies that stand in defense of politicians and political parties advance their interests.  They exist to do the bidding of their masters.  They are not newspapers you can rely on.  They are not newspapers you should rely on.

The Nassau Guardian aspires to be your newspaper of record.  The independence of its hardworking team of journalists means that they stand for your issues and for your ambition for a better Bahamas.

That young team of men and women works hard every day to ask the tough questions, to think of new angles to stories and to get the job done with professionalism and integrity.  They are dedicated to earning your trust.

As we begin this newest chapter in our long history, we want you to demand and expect the best from us.  We want you to come to our pages for intelligent opinions, unique stories and reliable reporting on matters of national concern.  We also want you to challenge us when we fall short, to demand that we live up to our aspiration.

The media landscape of The Bahamas has changed since 1992 when the first Free National Movement (FNM) administration liberalized the broadcast sector.  With more competition, there has been a rush to the bottom to report more titillation in increasingly superficial ways.  The misguided idea here is that whatever sells is good enough.

What you must ask yourselves is if such ‘journalism’ helps make a better Bahamas?

Today, as we mark this major change, we thank you for your support over the years as readers, advertisers and critics.  That support has helped make us better.

We care about your opinions, your condition and your ambitions.  And today, on our anniversary, we pledge to work to ensure that you come to think and believe that we are the only paper of record in The Bahamas you and your family can rely on.

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