Reporting Corruption Scandals in Nigeria: Perspectives from Journalists
In this chapter the results of the interviews conducted with journalists in Nigeria will be presented. A total of twenty-four interviews were conducted with journalists for this book. The journalists cut across the northern and southern newspapers, and others from South Africa and Kenya (see Chaps. 4 and 5) because this book is comparing how newspapers from the two regions of Nigeria cover the cases of corruption scandal. The discussion is grouped into five themes, corruption/scandal, journalism and political culture, fourth estate role of the media, investigative journalism and suggestions and recommendations. The analysis has shown the complexity of the media in Nigeria. The respondents provided different views that sometimes converge, and sometimes disagree with each other. But what is clear is that the press in Nigeria is alive and the journalists have realised this, but there are challenges that must be addressed in order to strengthen the media and the journalists in their political communication role. Evidence of regional and ethnic bias in reporting was provided by the journalists in order to explain the character of the Nigerian media.
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