The Gleaner At 180: Neither Old Nor Weary
The old Gleaner building on Harbour Street, downtown Kingston. Taken January 10, 2014.
Few newspapers in this hemisphere, and certainly none in the English-speaking Caribbean, can claim either the endurance or longevity of this one. For 180 years, starting just as slavery was being abolished in the English colonies, The Gleaner has held a mirror up to the face of Jamaica; has been the conscience of the country; and has been a beacon to the island.
We have attended to these tasks guided by the unshakable belief that democracy offers the best form of government and that democracy is only viable in a society based on the rule of law and in which individual freedoms thrive, including free expression of and the right to hold and exchange ideas.