International Journal of Advanced Mass Communication and Journalism
2020, Vol. 1, Issue 2, Part A
Press freedom and media ownership interplay in two decades of Nigeria’s democratic governance: A critical look
Author(s): Daniel Nwanmereni
Abstract: The inability of a country’s mass media institution to take its position as the watchdog of the society perpetuates ignorance and abuse of people’s rights, among other consequences. The importance of media watchdog function in promoting and safeguarding civil liberties underscores the growing acceptance of democratic principles, among which is freedom of expression and the press. Since the emergence of democratic governance in 1999, the Nigerian media appear to grapple with the task of strengthening the democratic process through unbiased coverage of events. Using library sources, this study examined Nigerian media watchdog role before and since over two decades of democratic governance. The investigation found out that the watchdog function is substantially challenged by media ownership interest. The paper recommended, among other things, that Nigerian public and independent media should be guided by the principle of social responsibility in issues presentation, especially issues that affect public interest.
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Daniel Nwanmereni. Press freedom and media ownership interplay in two decades of Nigeria’s democratic governance: A critical look. International Journal of Advanced Mass Communication and Journalism. 2020; 1(2): 15-20.