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Title:The press
Author:Yahaya, A.D.
Periodical:Quarterly Journal of Administration
Geographic term:Nigeria
media policy
Abstract:This paper on the press in Nigeria examines the obligations and role assigned to the press in the new Constitution and the conditions created for sustaining them. A brief review of the history of the press and its functions is followed by a discussion of its status, paying special attention to the existing controversy with respect to press freedom in Nigeria. Next, the author examines how the press has performed since 1979 in terms of its functions: 1) surveillance of the environment; 2) interpretation of information and prescriptions for conduct in reaction to events; 3) transmission of social heritage from one generation to the next. In conclusion, attention is paid to a number of other factors influencing the conduct of the press. Such factors include the pattern of ownership of newspapers and magazines (shared between government and private individuals), the degree of freedom of the press, and the political environment. The author concludes that the press in Nigeria has limited powers and that its role under the new Constitution will hardly change from that during the Second Republic. Ref.