Mass media relevance in combating insecurity in Nigeria
This work examines the critical role of the mass media in combating the upsurge of crime which has led to a state of insecurity in the country, especially in the North, South Eastern and South Southern parts of the country. This discourse adopts the qualitative approach in appraising the correlation between the mass media and the insecurity
in Nigeria with emphasis on practical measures relevant in this direction. The recommends that journalists should be trained regularly on terrorism and conflict reporting to always keep them abreast of modern techniques that could be used in ensuring effective use of the mass media in combating insecurity in Nigeria.
Keywords: Mass media, Insecurity, Terrorism, Conflict reporting
… there is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy. Get all these things out in the open, describe them, ridicule them in the press and sooner or later, public opinion will sweep them away.
(Pulitzer, cited in Oloyede, 2011, p. 64)
Joseph Pulitzer the Hungarian – American newspaper publisher who established and endowed the Pulitzer prizes to honour excellence in journalism (and American literature, music and drama) understood very well the pertinence of the press in any society as a result of which he made the comment above used here as a prelude to this discourse
. The press which here to refer to both print and electronic mass media, constitute a
major pillar that shapes, nurtures and builds the society. The traditional roles of the mass media in any society which are to inform, educate and entertain are so crucial that societies can hardly progress meaningfully without these channels of mass communication.
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