There are legal and social problems that have continued to restrain the Nigerian journalists from adequate and effective news reporting and dissemination. These laws are meant to dictate to journalists what they should and should not publish or broadcast. Whether in a military or a civilian government, these laws are always there to serve the objectives of the powers that be, and to brow beat the press. In the past military dictatorships many journalists suffered all sorts of deprivations and molestations. However, when the military relinquished power to a democratically elected civilian government in May 1999, there was general relief owing to the belief that member of the ‘fourth estate of the realm” would have relative freedom. Survey research method was used to justify the degree of freedom enjoying be the press in Nigeria. For the purpose of this study, survey research method was adopted while questionnaires were distributed to the selected respondents at the Nigerian Union of Journalists Chapel in Osun State. Findings shows that press enjoy more freedom under democracy than under the past military yet the freedom is not 100 percent even with the New Freedom of Information Law. It is recommended that journalists should make use of the benefit provided by the new freedom of information law.
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