Newspapers published in Nigeria

Newspapers published in Nigeria

Newspapers published in Nigeria have a strong tradition of the principle of "publish and be dammed" that dates back to the colonial era when founding fathers of the Nigerian press such as Nnamdi Azikiwe, Ernest Ikoli, Obafemi Awolowo and Lateef Jakande used their papers to fight for independence.[1]

Until the 1990s most publications were government-owned, but private papers such as the Nigerian Tribune, The Punch, Vanguard and the Guardian continued to expose public and private scandals despite government attempts at suppression.[1] Laws related to the media, including newspapers, are scattered across various pieces of legislature. There are few good sources of discussion and analysis of these laws.[2]

Newspaper reporters are often poorly paid and newspapers depend heavily on advertisements that may be placed by companies owned by powerful people. In some cases, this makes the papers cautious in reporting details of crimes or suspected crimes, and sometimes they even carry articles that paint clearly corrupt individuals in a favorable light.[3] An analysis of newspapers shows a strong bias towards coverage of males, reflecting prevalent cultural biases. Few articles discuss women and there are few photographs of women outside the fashion sections.[4] Although earnings have declined since the late 1980s the number of publications has steadily grown. As of 2008 there were over 100 national, regional or local newspapers.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Sriramesh, & Verčič 2009, pp. 324.
  2. ^ Mwalimu 2005, pp. 656.
  3. ^ Okurounmu 2010, pp. 107.
  4. ^ Poindexter & Meraz 2008, pp. 220ff.


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