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CHILD RIGHTS AND MEDIA DEMOCRATIZATION: AN AGENDA FOR REALIZATION OF THE MDGs IN NIGERIA

Oyero, Olusola (2010) CHILD RIGHTS AND MEDIA DEMOCRATIZATION: AN AGENDA FOR REALIZATION OF THE MDGs IN NIGERIA. International Journal of Communication. ISSN 1597-4324

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Abstract

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight goals to be achieved by 2015. The Goals have become an international framework for development and a platform for developing countries and their partners to work together. UNICEF has called attention to the fact that meeting the MDGs requires paying serious attention to the rights of children. Its position is that "six of the eight millennium development goals can best be met as the rights of children to health, education, protection and equality" and that "they will only be sustained as the rights of every child are realized". However, the current situation of children is far from the ideal, especially with the developing nations, Nigeria inclusive. There is therefore the need for urgent actions to protect the rights of the child in order to meet the Millennium Goals. A critical step in this direction is the engagement of the media. The media play a key role in encouraging people's participation in the realization of the goals, especially where it has to do with holding the government accountable jar the Millennium promise. This paper argues that the current Nigerian media system is not in a position to satisfy the media needs for realizing the MDGs. It therefore calls for a more vibrant media structure and practice that will ensure information democratization in order to popularize child rights and consequently aid the fulfillment of MDGs.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Mr Adewole Adewumi
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2012 21:14
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2012 21:14
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/1004

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