Analysis of Impediments to Nigerian Press Freedom: Implication on the National Development

TOUITOU TINA C
Department of Mass Communication, Babcock University, Iishan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria
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This paper focuses on the importance of press freedom, as a fundamental human right that is necessary in every society, especially in Nigeria. Freedom of information and expressions is imperative for the functioning of any democratic society. Democracy thrives on transparency, openness and accountability, as to encourage the free flow of information, at international as well as national levels, to promote the wider and better balanced dissemination of information, without any obstacle to freedom of expression, and strengthen communication capacities in the developing countries in order to increase their participation in the communication processThough, there is no absolute press freedom anywhere in the world, even Nigeria has a lot of limitations to press freedom for the overall interest of the society. The paper adopted empirical secondary data, and concluded that in order to achieve the important aim of assisting to give democratic participation ‘meaning’, the press must fulfill their professional roles. It also recommended that the mass media to serve as a tool for national consolidation, development, and authoritarian control… The reach of the mass media should be extended to rural areas for meaningful development.

Abstract

This paper focuses on the importance of press freedom, as a fundamental human right that is necessary in every society, especially in Nigeria. Freedom of information and expressions is imperative for the functioning of any democratic society. Democracy thrives on transparency, openness and accountability, as to encourage the free flow of information, at international as well as national levels, to promote the wider and better balanced dissemination of information, without any obstacle to freedom of expression, and strengthen communication capacities in the developing countries in order to increase their participation in the communication processThough, there is no absolute press freedom anywhere in the world, even Nigeria has a lot of limitations to press freedom for the overall interest of the society. The paper adopted empirical secondary data, and concluded that in order to achieve the important aim of assisting to give democratic participation ‘meaning’, the press must fulfill their professional roles. It also recommended that the mass media to serve as a tool for national consolidation, development, and authoritarian control… The reach of the mass media should be extended to rural areas for meaningful development.
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TINA C, T. (2017). Analysis of Impediments to Nigerian Press Freedom: Implication on the National Development. Journal of Business Management and Economics, 5(10), 06-11. https://doi.org/10.15520/jbme.2017.vol5.iss10.268.pp06-11
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TINA C, T. (2017). Analysis of Impediments to Nigerian Press Freedom: Implication on the National Development. Journal of Business Management and Economics, 5(10), 06-11. https://doi.org/10.15520/jbme.2017.vol5.iss10.268.pp06-11
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