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Title:Nigerian newspapers' coverage of the effect of Boko Haram activities on the environment
Authors:Nwabueze, Chinenye
Ekwughe, Victoria
Periodical:Journal of African Media Studies (ISSN 1751-7974)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Islamic movements
environmental degradation
External link:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jams/2014/00000006/00000001/art00006
Abstract:This study examines how Nigerian newspapers cover the effect of Boko Haram violence on the environment, the areas of the environment mostly affected, the prominence given to the coverage of the Boko Haram violence, the perspective from which the media reported the violence within the period of study (December 2011, January 2012 and February 2012) and the forms of presentation of the reports on Boko Haram violence in Nigerian newspapers. The research methodology used was content analysis of 162 editions of three national dailies: The Punch, the Vanguard and the Daily Sun. The results show that Nigerian dailies did not give prominence to Boko Haram-induced environmental problems even though Boko Haram violence significantly affects the environment, especially the land. On the basis of the findings, the researchers recommend mass media operators to separate environmental issues from property and housing issues. Merger of these issues could be playing down the pertinence of environmental reporting. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]