Why are Nigerian reporters accepting money through corrupt and illicit means and what is the impact on readers? Check out this investigative report on Al Jazeera
In Nigeria, there is a common knowledge that the journalism sector is often plagued by 'Brown Envelope' journalism – a situation in which journalists are paid to write stories in favour of the payee.
Below is what Al Jazeera stated on their investigative report:
"Among some of the worst paid reporters in Africa, Nigerian journalists are seldom given money to cover travel or other expenses, let alone paid their salary on time. Affecting the way stories are reported, some of the country’s most pressing events have either gone unnoticed or underreported.Amid this climate where investigative journalism is severely stifled, corrupt and illicit practices have begun to flourish.Reporters are often seen waiting for cash handouts from politicians and government officials at press conferences before rarely questioning them or fact-checking.And in a country where corruption tends to trickle from the top down, it is becoming harder for readers to distinguish fact from fiction.Nic Muirhead of Al Jazeera’s The Listening Post traveled to Lagos, Nigeria to report about the issue, using T.B Joshua‘s Synagogue Church building collapse incident as a point of reference."
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