Corruption In Nigeria

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The Media and War against Corruption in Nigeria
Introduction
The media and society are the two sides of a coin mutual and inseparable, each determines the other in a peculiar way. The main functions of the media in society are for surveillance, correlation, transmission of culture information dissemination, management, instruction and mobilisation (Harold Lasswell1948; Wilbur Schramm 1964; Elizabeth Noelle Newman 1973; Dennis McQuail 2005.This means that the media should cover and report the issue as objectively as possible to society. It should push for innovation through information. Through the analytical and interpretative rules set up an agenda and direct public consciousness through the building of public consensus. This could be done
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It is unfazed by the persecution from government and corrupt politicians. It has fulfilled its duties by publishing news about corrupt people and unethical practices in the country, from the destruction of personal files in the ministry, judiciary, bank heist, armed robbery, advanced fee fraud to the embezzlement of public funds by politicians and top public servants. All these exposures improve good governance and regulate graft in society. Therefore beyond just awareness, it also pushed for the consequences and trials of the culprits through investigative and exhaustive journalism. The access to information has given the media the impetus to dig out stories about corruption in Nigeria. The relevance of information is paramount in this fight by the media. The World Bank states that the media is entrusted with a crucial role in presenting an environment that will check corruption and fraud as the press is a powerful means of checking corruption in society. (PREM networks, 1997).This condition is well known in Nigeria. The advent of the new media has also opened a new vista for an all to fight corruption through citizen journalism in the common space. There seems to be a correlation between the media and the extent to which corruption has eaten into the social fabrics in Nigeria. So, the more the press is liberated, the more acts of corruption are exposed, vice versa. The media in Nigeria, especially the print media have exposed multitudes of news items on corruption in Nigeria that has led to several court trials and some conviction and resignation of many people from important positions. They have informed the people about the activities of corrupt government activities, the award of ghost contracts, corrupt institutions and provided information on a private citizen who was involved in various corrupt
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