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Nigerian Media's Poor Representation and Negligence of Minorities as a Breach of Ethical Journalism

Nigerian Media's Poor Representation and Negligence of Minorities as a Breach of Ethical Journalism
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Author(s): Eric Ndoma Besong (Federal University of Lafia, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2022
Pages: 13
Source title: Handbook of Research on Connecting Philosophy, Media, and Development in Developing Countries
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Desmond Onyemechi Okocha (Bingham University, Nigeria), Melchizedec J. Onobe (Bingham University, Nigeria) and Mirian Ngozi Alike (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-4107-7.ch024

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Abstract

The plights of Nigerian ethnic minorities, arising from marginalisation, account for various national issues, such as ethno-religious intolerance and crisis, ethnic militia, civil unrest, terrorism, banditry, among others. The study reveals that Nigerian media play crucial roles in the marginalisation, dehumanisation, and plights suffered by peoples branded ‘ethnic minorities'. The poor representation and negligence of the minorities aggravate the plights of the minorities. The study argues that by breaching media ethics, the Nigerian press violates African indigenous ethical principles. Also, media's misdeeds against the minorities amount to breach of ethical journalism. The chapter concludes that besides paying little or no attention to matters concerning ethnic minorities, Nigerian media aggravate the plights of ethnic minorities by continuously exhibiting misdeeds against them.

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