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Title:Democratising the media in the new democracies of Ghana and Nigeria: challenges and prospects
Author:Akpojivi, Ufuoma
Year:2014
Periodical:Ecquid novi: African journalism studies (ISSN 1942-0773)
Volume:35
Issue:3
Pages:87-105
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ghana
Nigeria
Subjects:democratization
mass media
media policy
reform
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02560054.2014.959980
Abstract:The institutionalisation of democracy in Ghana (1992) and Nigeria (1999) after years of military regimes facilitated the need to reform old media structures that supported authoritarian regimes into institutions that would facilitate the democratic process. The media reform initiatives embarked upon by both countries liberalised the media environment to create a free and independent media that would support the transition process by offering a platform for public debate, aimed at enhancing political participation. Using policy analysis and elite interviews, this article examines the reforms in both countries, and the extent to which Western countries/ donors impacted on their policy formulation and implementation processes. The author argues that these countries' historical, political and socio-cultural antecedents have affected the praxes of their media reforms, and as a result their objectives have not been fully realised. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]
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