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Changes in journalism in two post-authoritarian non Western countries

Obijiofor,, Levi and Murray , Richard and Singh, Shailendra B. (2016) Changes in journalism in two post-authoritarian non Western countries. The International Communication Gazette, 0 . pp. 1-21. ISSN 1748-0485

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There have been significant changes in journalistic practices in various countries over the years. Yet little is known about the nature of changes in journalism in transitional developing countries following military rule. Drawing on email surveys of journalists in Nigeria and Fiji, two countries with recent histories of military dictatorship that are rarely examined in the research literature, this comparative study investigates journalistic practices in the two countries. Results show that in Nigeria, the transition from military rule to democratic system of government in May 1999 and the enactment of the Freedom of Information Act in 2011 have ushered in significant changes in the way journalism is practised. However, there remains an adversarial relationship between the government and journalists. In Fiji, the 2006 coup, the fourth in the country’s history, led to a more restrictive environment for journalists, despite democratic elections in 2014. Under pressure, journalists are rethinking their roles, with some now considering ‘development journalism’ as a legitimate journalistic genre. These findings contribute to our understanding of journalistic practices in non-Western cultures following transition from military rule to democracy.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fiji, journalism practice, Nigeria, non-Western countries, post-authoritarian societies, post-military countries, technological changes, transitional societies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
Depositing User: Shailendra Singh
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2017 23:27
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2017 23:27

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