Nigerian Media

Nigeria, "following nearly 16 years of military rule, adopted a new constitution in 1999, and a peaceful transition to civilian government was completed. The president faced the daunting task of rebuilding a petroleum-based economy, whose revenues had been squandered through corruption and mismanagement, and running things by the people, for the people. Despite some irregularities, the April 2003 elections marked thefirst civilian transfer of power in Nigeria’s history; (Central Intelligence Agency [CIA], 2004).
Before the transition into the civilian regime, Nigerian media had the freedom to deliver to the public what they felt was necessary. They however did not do so because most owners of media outlets like the newspapers, radio stations and television were very careful of the kind of things they felt the public had to read, hear and see. This was due to the authoritative rule that came about as a result of the military government. The newly installed democratic government meant freedom of speech could fully be exercised and the media wasted no time in taking advantage of their right to print freely what they wanted.
Nigeria is a diverse country with a population of over 130 million people and more than 250 ethnic groups. The media in Nigeria is so diverse that it is available in its three major languages (Yoruba, Ibo and Hausa) as well as English.
The Nigerian media still didn;t give the public what they felt was news. The media became biased, only letting the public know what they felt was news, and sometimes not the truth. People with authority such as ministers, governors, senators, and even the president, try to maintain a good relationship with the owners of big and very popular newspapers, radios, and magazines. Some went as far as having good friendships with popular local musicians. They knew that these various avenues of media were the different gateways to the pub…


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