Media Reforms, Democratization in Nigeria: From Policy Ambition to Implementation

  • Ufuoma Akpojivi


This chapter examines and evaluates the media reform and democratization processes in Nigeria. It analyzes the Nigerian policy documents and ascertains the extent to which Western ideas were postulated in the policy documents due to economic influence from Western governments and organizations and pressure from internal stakeholders such as civil societies. Furthermore, the policy goals of media freedom and independence, media as a public trust, universal access to the media and media accountability were examined in relation to the extent to which they have been achieved. The chapter sums up by arguing that the various policy goals have not been achieved due to incompatibility between the normative Western ideas reflected in the policy documents and the Nigerian realities. In addition, the government’s desire to maintain its authoritarian enclave has resulted in media reforms revolving around national interest, which is problematic to conceptualize.


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  • Ufuoma Akpojivi
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  1. 1.Department of Media StudiesUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa

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