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Mass Media Interest and Corruption in Nigeria

Omojola, Oladokun (2010) Mass Media Interest and Corruption in Nigeria. COMMUNICATION REVIEW, 4 (2). pp. 21-39. ISSN 1596-7077

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This paper discusses corruption as a communication process because it involves categories of participants who operate in the sender-receiver context and who must respond to one another before the vice can be performed. It wouldn’t make much difference whether one looks at it either from the public or private sector perspective. However, the paper stresses that the effect of corrupt practices is more devastating from the government standpoint, owing to the fact that public interest is involved, especially when public interest is operationalized in the majoritarian perspective where the interests of the generality of citizens take pre-eminence. The paper advances some fundamental reasons while the media in Nigeria have not been able to contribute effectively to the on-going efforts at tackling the menace of corruption. These include the absence of any viable socio-political ideology from where the media can get any reasonable clue about government’s anti-corruption systems, weak statutory guarantees, media commercialism and the utter neglect of some stakeholders in the media industry, whose proper recognition as partners in the media trade, could have gone a long way in reducing incidents of corruption in the land. Keywords: Communication Process, Corruption, Mass Media, Media

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Humanities
Depositing User: Dr. O. Omojola
Date Deposited: 02 May 2014 10:24
Last Modified: 02 May 2014 10:24

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