CHALLENGES OF CIRCULATION IN NEWSPAPER PRODUCTION IN NIGERIA

There are legal and social problems that have continued to restrain the Nigerian journalists from adequate and effective news reporting. These laws are meant to dictate to journalists what they should and should not publish. 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 during military dictatorships many journalists and reporters suffered all sorts of deprivations and depredations. 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, majority of the respondents agreed that press enjoy more freedom under democracy than under the past military yet the freedom is not completed even with the passage of the New Freedom of Information Law. For the purpose of this study, survey method was adopted while questionnaires were distributed to the selected respondents within Osun State Newspaper Correspondents Osogbo, to know how free is press under 1999 constitution especially as Freedom of Information Law (FOI) was part of the amended area of the 1999 constitution of Nigeria.

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