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Media Accountability and Democracy in Nigeria, 1999–2003

  • Ayo Olukoyun

This article discusses the role of the media in Nigeria's Fourth Republic between 1999 and 2003. Employing a case study approach, it highlights as well as analyzes the media's role in insisting on accountability and decency in Nigeria's notoriously corrupt public life. The media's crusade ran against the country's geopolitical divisions and revived the debate on the national question as well as the media's own morality. The article draws on both primary and secondary data to examine the media's role in an emergent democracy.


Cet article discute du rôle des médias dans la IVe République du Nigeria entre 1999 et 2003. Il met en valeur et analyse, en utilisant l'approche de l'étude de cas, le rôle des médias dans la demande de responsabilisation et de décence dans la vie publique du Nigeria, réputée par ailleurs pour sa corruption. La croisade médiatique va à l'encontre des divisions géopolitiques du pays et ravive le débat sur la question d'intérêt national, ainsi que sur la moralité des médias. L'article s'appuie sur des données primaires et secondaires pour examiner le rôle des médias dans une démocratie naissante.

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